AC Milan have officially announced the parting of first team coach Massimiliano Allegri through a presser released earlier today. Following the shambolic performance against Sassuolo on Sunday, strong rumours of his immediate sacking were surfacing and the official statement from the club now confirms the speculations. Second-in-command, Mauro Tassotti has temporarily been handed over the charge of the club and further communication is still awaited in the Pippo Inzaghi situation.
AC Milan wish to communicate that Massimiliano Allegri and his staff have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect.
AC Milan would like to thank Mr. Allegri and his staff for their time with the club and wishes them the best for the future. Coach Mauro Tassotti will take charge in the meantime of the team.
Milan have been off to one of the worst possible start to a season in the club’s history and ever since Silvio Berlusconi’s daughter Barbara has assumed important position in the board, the overhaul at the management has seemed rather inevitable.
Allegri’s removal follows that of Ariedo Braida late last year while Adriano Galliani still manages to hold on to his role as the CEO and Vice-President at the club. Should more power be directed Barbara’s way as the summer approaches, not only she would have a greater say in the appointment of the next coach but that also puts some serious question marks over Galliani’s future at the club as well.
After the Domenico Berardi onslaught on Sunday, the rumour mill was buzzing especially after Barbara Berlusconi’s strong words of criticism of the predicament the club finds itself in. Former club legend Filippo Inzaghi is doing admirably well with the primavera team presently and he was the fan favourite to take over the team as a caretaker coach. However, Tassotti is the one having been trusted to turn the fortunes around for now.
Clarence Seedorf and Cesare Prandelli are two names having been strongly linked for the top job next summer. While Seedorf is still an active player at Botafogo, his representative has very strongly asserted that shouldn’t be any hurdle for him taking up the job should an offer from Milan come his way.
“Personally I was involved in Clarence’s contract with Botafogo – there is a clause that allows him to leave the club at any time, without penalty, unless he was to go to play for another club.”
Cesare Prandelli on the other hand, is certain to quit the job with the national side post the World Cup irrespective of how Italy fare in Brazil. But he should most definitely not be short of suitors the moment he makes himself available. However, should Berlusconi be keen on appointing someone more ‘familiar’ with the club culture and its ambitions, Seedorf’s arrival is as good as writing on the wall.