AC Milan have a tried and trusted formula when it comes to picking managers.
Are you an ex-footballer? Tick. Did you play in Serie A in the Nineties and Noughties? Tick. Right, you’ve got the job.
It hasn’t worked for Clarence Seedorf, Filippo Inzaghi, Sinisa Mihajlovic or Christian Brocchi. But why break the habit of a lifetime?
Vincenzo Montella was sacked by Milan with the club already 18 points behind Serie A leaders Napoli.
Time to apply that formula again.
Andriy Shevchenko? Busy managing Ukraine. Andrea Pirlo? Too busy making wine and enjoying retirement. Okay, what about Gennaro Gattuso?
Gattuso has been hired as first-team manager after working with Milan’s Primavera side.
You can see why Milan have turned to the 39-year-old. He’s fiesty, inspirational and has playing experience at the very highest level with Milan and Italy.
But Gattuso’s early forays into management haven’t been particularly promising. In fact they’ve been positively boring.
His Pisa side were relegated last season despite conceding the fewest goals in Serie B.
They also scored the fewest goals in the league, ensuring Pisa fans had absolutely nothing to shout about.
So don’t expect Milan’s misfiring attack to catch fire any time soon, although there are sure to be a fair few 0-0 draws at the San Siro in the coming weeks.
What a time to be alive.