Italian football legend, Gennaro Gattuso has been confirmed as the new coach of Serie A club Napoli following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.

The former Milan manager signed a six-month contract with Napoli and took training on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked after their Tuesday’s 4-0 victory over Genk which confirmed their place in the Champions League knockout stage.

On joining, Gattuso said: ‘The aim is to recoup points and get back into the Champions League positions.

‘We need to work hard, win back points and come through this tricky period. It’s embarrassing to see Napoli where we currently are in the table.

‘The team is aware of the difficult situation and wants to do well. I’ve been encouraged.’

Gattuso is expected to bring in his close friend and former teammate Luigi Riccio as his assistant at Napoli.

The legendary midfielder also revealed that Ancelotti spoke to him on the phone, wishing him well in his new role.

Gattuso said: ‘Carlo Ancelotti is like a father to me. He’s always been close to me and supported me. He’s won it all and I still have a lot to prove.’