AC Milan floundered to a 3-0 defeat against relegation-threatened Hellas Verona on Sunday, a loss which left the club's passionate temporary boss Gennaro Gattuso threatening to leave the club in response to his side's limp, tepid performance.
But after being persuaded to remain at the San Siro in order to iron-out the Serie A outfit's shoddy form, Gattuso - a tenacious, steely character on the pitch during his playing career at the 'Rossoneri' - and his under-performing contingent will partake in an intensive boot camp to presumably instil a sense of worth and discipline - according to a statement published by the club (via Four Four Two).
Early on Monday morning, Italian journalist Guglielmo Mastroianni disclosed the revelation on Twitter that 'Rino' was disgusted with the manner in which his squad reacted after the humbling loss against 19th placed Verona, a 'relaxed' attitude which was deemed simply 'unacceptable'.
Oggi Gattuso era a Casa Milan per dimettersi. Non è piaciuta la reazione post partita da parte dei giocatori: inaccettabile per lui il clima rilassato e disteso che c’era durante il ritorno a Milano. Fassone lo ha convinto a restare e insieme hanno pensato al ritiro punitivo.— Guglielmo Mastroianni (@gumas75) December 18, 2017
The tweet reads in translation: 'Today Gattuso was at Casa Milan to resign. He did not like the post-game reaction from the players: unacceptable for him the relaxed and relaxed atmosphere that was there during the return to Milan. Fassone convinced him to stay and together they thought about the punitive withdrawal.'
In light of Gattuso's angst, Milan released a brief statement which announced the decision to organise an impromptu boot camp: "AC Milan announce that the team will go on a training retreat from tomorrow until further notice," it read.
In Gattuso's first match in Milan's dugout as interim manager following Vincenzo Montella's sacking, Benevento picked up their first and only point of the 2017-18 campaign after their goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli remarkably bagged a stoppage-time header to claw the scoreline back to 2-2.
The former Italy international has also witnessed his set-up stutter on the continent this term, too, with Milan losing 2-0 to Croatian outfit Rijeka in the Europa League, an obvious initial indication that all is certainly not well at the once esteemed European giants.