AC Milan fired head coach Vincenzo Montella on Monday and announced that he would be replaced by former midfielder Gennaro Gattuso.

Montella was dismissed one day after a 0-0 home draw with Torino left big-spending Milan seventh in Serie A with 20 points from 14 games.

The Rossoneri issued a statement confirming the news: "AC Milan announce to have parted ways with Vincenzo Montella. Management of the first team is entrusted to Gennaro Gattuso, who leaves his position as Primavera coach and to whom we wish the best of luck."

Montella had been in charge since the start of last season when he led Milan, 18-times Italian champions, to sixth place in the standings.

But Milan have won just twice in their last nine league matches and Sunday's result was the fourth successive home league game without a goal.