GENNARO GATTUSO has quit as Fiorentina coach just over three weeks after being appointed in a sensational row over transfers.
The role of the Italian's agent, Jorge Mendes,reportedly caused a huge rift between Gattuso and the Serie A club's board.
Around four or five players were set to arrive with the help of the Portuguese 'super agent'.
Yet the cost and quality of these arrivals is said to have upset the Viola hierarchy, particularly director Joe Barone.
One example being widely reported in the Italian press is that of Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira, whose £20million-plus fee put off Fiorentina.
Yet Gattuso is said to have thought the deal was done and dusted, fuelling an irreparable dispute.
The legal representatives of both parties met on Thursday to cancel the former midfielder's agreement with the club.
A club statement confirmed: "Fiorentina and Rino Gattuso, by mutual agreement, have decided not to follow up on the previous agreements and therefore not to start the next sporting season together.
"The club will immediately set to work to identify a choice that will guide the team towards the results that Fiorentina and the City of Florence deserve."
Fiorentina announced Gattuso's appointment on May 25, only 23 days ago.
But his contract officially began on July 1, meaning a speedy divorce should be simple to finalise.
Rudi Garcia, most recently of Lyon after spells with Roma, Lille and Marseille, is seen as the frontrunner to take over in the dugout.
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Former Leicester boss and Fiorentina hero Claudio Ranieri, the manager who brought the Serie B title and Coppa Italia to Tuscany during the 1990s, is also on their radar after leaving Sampdoria.
Gattuso's exit is the TWELFTH managerial departure in the Italian top-flight this summer.
A mega merry-go-round has seen champions Inter Milan change coaches along with Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus, Jose Mourinho's Roma, and Maurizio Sarri's Lazio after Simone Inzaghi replaced Antonio Conte at Inter.
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