Gattuso focused on fixing Milan rather than saving his job

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Gennaro Gattuso hit out at any suggestions he was focused on trying to save his job as AC Milan head coach.

AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso insisted he was not worried about his job, saying his focus was on turning his team's season around.

The Serie A outfit slumped to a 2-1 loss at home to Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday, further increasing the pressure on Gattuso.

Milan are second in Group F, but they have struggled in the league, winning just three of eight games to be 12th in the table.

Gattuso, who took charge in November last year, hit out at any suggestions he was focused on surviving as coach.

"Do you think in this moment I am thinking about saving my a***? I'm not worried about my job or about how to save my a***," he told a news conference.

"I'm only focused on how to sort the problems of my team, if the club will give me the chance to continue here.

"As I already said after the performance, as the manager I have many things to be worried about and that need to be fixed.

"I have a difficult job ahead of me and I feel responsible for our bad performance."

Despite the loss, Milan are second in Europa League Group F, one point back of Betis. 

Milan's next outing sees them host Sampdoria in the Serie A on Sunday, and despite results not being great to this point the club sit just just three points back of their fifth-placed opponents heading into the match. 

Gattuso's side also host Genoa midweek as the two clubs look to make up a game in hand on the rest of the league. 

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