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I don't think much of women in football - Gattuso

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Former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has criticised the club for appointing Barbara Berlusconi as general manager and questioned the role of women in football.

Berlusconi, daughter of club president Silvio, will work together with Adriano Galliani in a two-pronged managerial team as part of a club shake-up which is set to see director of sport Ariedo Braida stand down.

Gattuso does not believe that is the right way forward, though, and has criticised his former club for giving a woman so much power.

"I'm sorry, but I really don't think much of women in football," he told Radio Radio. "That's the way I see things. I think there should be more respect for somebody like Galliani."

Galliani last week tendered his resignation, hinting that the increased power being demanded by Barbara Berlusconi was undermining him. He was convinced by the Rossoneri's president to reverse his decision over the weekend.

A compromise, with Galliani taking responsibility for sporting projects and Berlusconi concentrating on marketing and social duties, was struck.

The 35-year-old Gattuso is currently out of work after being sacked as coach of Serie B side Palermo after a month of the season. His only previous coaching experience came last season with Swiss side Sion, with whom he ended his playing career. He was sacked at Sion in May.

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