The ‘Rhino’ still hasn’t lost the passion despite retiring.
New Palermo coach Gennaro Gattuso showed that he is just as fiery as ever and retirement has not a mellowing effect on him after he was sensationally sent off during his second game in charge of the club this weekend, the Daily Mail reports.
The 35-year-old was given his marching orders for dissent during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Hellas Verona on Saturday, which was just the second time he had stepped to the dugout for the Serie B side.
The former AC Milan and Rangers man was appointed as the new coach of the Sicilian side this summer after a short spell as a player and a manager of FC Sion in Switzerland.
Gattuso earned himself a reputation as a spiky character during a highly successful playing career as a central midfield destroyer (Mediano). He was linked with a move to England several times, and was even said to be considering a return to Rangers before they were demoted to the Scottish third division last summer.
This is not the first time that Gattuso has got himself into a similar situation, of course. In 2005 during a Champions League tie against Schalke he appeared to scream in the face of Christian Poulson, taunting him over the result after a rash tackle on teammate Kaka went unpunished. Then again in 2011, he pushed then Tottenham assistant boss Joe Jordan in the chest during another Champions League encounter.
Also, during his stint as player-coach with Sion, he took a yellow card out of the referee’s pocket before quickly giving it back.