Football: Former Italy midfielder Gattuso named Palermo manager

ROME (Reuters) - Former Italy and AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has been appointed Palermo manager with the task of steering the relegated team straight back to Serie A, the club said on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old, who won a host of honours including two Champions Leagues and the 2006 World Cup as a player, has signed a one-year contract with an option for a two-year extension.

"Palermo... has entrusted Gennaro Gattuso with the charge of leading the Rosanero's first team," Palermo said on their official website.

Gattuso, who had an unhappy time as Sion player-coach last season, replaces Giuseppe Sannino who left after failing to prevent Palermo being relegated to Serie B.