Apr 28, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT
It’s only a matter of time before Silvio Berlusconi imposes himself on Adriano Galliani and forces the Milan vice president to get rid of Massimiliano Allegri. At least, that’s what’s left to infer as Milan’s president continues to openly question his coach, undermining the Rossoneri boss despite the fact a summer of upheaval and a season of potholes haven’t prevented Allegri from guiding his team to third.
Starting the day one point ahead of Fiorentina, Milan’s still not assured Champions League soccer next year, though it’s unclear whether clearing that plateau will matter. According to today’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, Berlusconi has already identified the man he wants on the sidelines next year and is intent on overrunning Galliani’s support of Allegri.
Over the course of 10 seasons at Milan, Clarence Seedorf made himself into a club legend before moving to Botafogo last summer when his contract would not renewed. It would then be a sweet irony if his star power and ties to happier days replaced Allegri, seeing he was part of the mass exodus that’s contributed to Milan’s current state. Though it’s unclear if the Dutch midfielder is willing to hang up his boots and leave Brazil, Berlusconi’s telling those around him that he wants Seedorf to coach Milan.
Of the 19 players who logged the most Serie A minutes for Milan last season, 10 have left, a group that includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva. The turnover led to a terrible start, one which put Allegri’s job in jeopardy, yet the Rossoneri have stabilized. They’re nowhere near the level that won them the scudetto two years ago, but that kind of performance can’t be expected amid so many changes. Having Milan on the cusp of Champions League is achievement on its own.
But Milan’s taken one point from the last three games, and they collapsed in Champions League against Barcelona. There’s room for Berlusconi to write his own narrative. If that story includes bringing back a legend, it makes it easier to tell, even if that legend has no experience on the sidelines.
To replace somebody he never seemed to like, Berlusconi doesn’t need facts as much as hope.
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