Gattuso appointed Sion boss

Gennaro Gattuso was a cult figure at Milan. Photo: PA

Former AC Milan and Rangers midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has moved into management after being appointed player-coach of Swiss club FC Sion.

The Super League club confirmed on their official website that Victor Munoz had taken a "step back" following a 4-0 defeat at FC Thun with 35-year-old Gattuso assuming control of the first team for the rest of the season.

The statement read: "Following Sion's disastrous performance against FC Thun and in the face of the lack of effort showing in the team, the club's board have decided to make the players face their responsibilities.

"To do this, from now until further notice, they will take charge of their own affairs. The club entrusts the responsibility for the group to its captain Gennaro Gattuso."

Gattuso arrived at the Stade Tourbillon as Sion's marquee summer signing after ending a 13-year association with Milan, and the current campaign began with the expectation of a title challenge after a disappointing ninth-placed finish last season.

Despite a strong start, Sion lost three of their last four games to slip to fourth in the table, nine points behind leaders Grasshoppers and five behind second-placed Basle.

Gattuso's first match in charge comes in the form of a Swiss Cup quarter-final trip to Lausanne, where Sion striker Kyle Lafferty - also formerly of Rangers - will hope to add to his four-goal tally for the season.

Gattuso was a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006 as well as two Champions League trophies, two Serie A titles and a Coppa Italia as a combative defensive midfielder with Milan.