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Gattuso could be Milan manager for 10 years

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Gennaro Gattuso could remain as the AC Milan manager for another ten years yet, according to sporting director Massimiliano Mirabeli

Following the sacking of previous manager Vincenzo Montella back in November, Gattuso was promoted from within the Milan youth ranks to take charge of the senior side. Despite skepticism from some parts, Gattuso has generally had a positive start to his career as a manager at the San Siro.

Currently Milan lie in eight place in the league standings and are just three points off sixth place Sampodoria. Since the new year, Gattuso’s side have been unbeaten which has impressed Mirabelli.

“When we gave him the Milan bench he was considered a gamble by many but we chose Gattuso because we thought he was a coach able to replace Montella and stay for a long time, even 10 years,” he told reporters, as quoted on FourFourTwo.

“He is proving to be a great coach. We are not working to think of a substitute.”

Following a difficult period for Milan, who have not even finished in the top three since the 2012/13 season, many changes were made over the close season after the club had been taken over by Li Yonghong’s Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux company.

Despite the takeover, Milan’s new signings have not delivered for the squad as promised with Andre Silva and Nikola Kalinic having only have a goal between them since arriving in the summer.

“Although Andre Silva is not giving what we expected, we all believe he can become a world-class player,” he said.

“[Hakan] Calhanoglu has also been criticised, but now he has responded well.

“Kalinic is recovering; Cutrone is a beautiful discovery and we must not put any pressure on him.”

Mirabelli added: “It is not yet time to regret. It is true that we have lost some time but there is still a long way to go.

The emergence of Patrick Cutrone, however, has given Mirabelli hope that the youth at Milan are on their way to bring the club a brighter future.

“We know we wanted to build a young team that we hope will lay the foundations for a good future. Our average age is low and we have many Italians, which is why we are satisfied.

“We are trying to get back to the enthusiasm that was there at the beginning of the season.”