The former Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso has come out in public and explained what transpired behind the failed attempt at the Spurs job. He has primarily blamed the Tottenham Hotspur fans.
Gattuso hit out at the Tottenham fans after they started #NoToGattuso campaign primarily on Twitter tagging the media handle of the club @Spursofficial. They were certainly disappointed with the news of a deal getting closer with Guttuso after the latter walked away from his Napoli job amidst the club failing to qualify for UEFA Champions League.
He said (via Gianluca Di Marzio):“Me racist, sexist and homophobic? That’s not true, ask my former teammates. Only some of my statements have been misrepresented. My story teaches that keyboard hatred is something dangerous and underestimated. I am a public figure and I have the strength to react, but there are many other people who may not succeed and maybe throw themselves out of the window out of weakness.”
Tottenham Hotspur who were looking for a manager after they sacked Jose Mourinho in April came up with a host of candidates for the Job. Spurs were primarily in talks with Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca, and Gennaro Gattuso till they struck a deal with the former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
Spurs had made a mess out of their search, first with Antonio Conte. It was looking all confident until Conte reportedly decided to pull out after learning Spurs investment plans for the new additions in the transfer window. That brought them next to the Portuguese Paulo Fonseca with whom the deal was almost signed but the newly appointed Director of Football, Fabio Paratici suddenly pulled out of the deal and with Gattuso it seems that the fans had the final say even after the Management was impressed with Gattuso.