Report: Manager who held Spurs talks could be heading to Saudi Arabia instead

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Gennaro Gattuso, who Tottenham Hotspur reportedly held discussions with during the summer, is now in talks over a move to Saudi Arabia, according to Tuttomercatoweb.  

Tottenham held talks with a whole host of candidates before eventually deciding to appoint Nuno Espirito Santo as Jose Mourinho’s replacement during the summer. 

As it happened, the Nuno experiment lasted only four months but Gattuso was one of the candidates who the North London club reportedly talked to before giving the job to the former Wolves man.

However, some Spurs fans on social made their opposition to the Italian’s appointment clear, with the ‘#NoToGattuso‘ trending in the UK at the time, citing the former AC Milan midfielder’s alleged sexist and homophobic past comments.

The reaction from the fans was reported to be the main reason behind why Tottenham pulled out of talks with the former AC Milan midfielder.

Gattuso has since denied the accusations made against him, insisting his statements were misrepresented.

According to TMW, the 43-year-old could be set to become the next manager of Saudi Arabian side, Al Nassr.

The report explains that conversations are underway between Al Nassr and Gattuso’s entourage, with an agreement still to be found on the salary and the project.

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The fact that Gattuso has not been pursued by any top European club over the last few months perhaps shows that we potentially dodged a bullet in the summer. 

Perhaps that also has to do with the 43-year-old’s controversial past statements and the fact that he walked out of Fiorentina after just 23 days in charge. Those kinds of actions tend to do a lot of reputation damage.

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