In an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, the former Milan sports director, Mirabelle revealed that he had quarreled fiercely with other Milan executives in order for Gattuso to coach Milan.
Mirabelle said: "In order for Gattuso to coach Milan, I had to quarrel fiercely with other Milan executives. It's not that you were a good player before, and you will soon become a good coach in the future. Pirlo knew it."
"Gattuso was indeed a champion player, but he did not have a successful coaching experience in a big team immediately after retiring. He later got a good experience in other teams, and now he has a good experience in Naples. For his coaching performance, I also hope he can coach Naples for a long time and achieve good results."