May 20, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT
AC Milan were sent into temporarily turmoil hours ago thanks to a letter read on the television show Il Processo di Biscardi, one in which team owner Silvio Berlusconi was professed to be firing his “coaching staff.” Onlookers took that to include head coach Maximiliano Allegri.
Milan almost immediately denied Allegri had been fired, announcing Berlusconi’s denial. The letter wasn’t from him, nor had any changes been made at the club.
Allegri’s job has been in doubt since a start to the season that saw Milan dwelling near relegation. They’ve rebounded to claim third place, not bad for a team that sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva this summer. Still, Berlusconi is understood to want a new coach, with vice president Adriano Galliani left fighting to keep Allegri’s job.
Berlusconi and Allegri are supposed to meet on Wednesday to discuss the coach’s future, but when the Milan owner failed to call in for his appointment tonight on Biscardi, the following letter was read, reportedly on his behalf.
There will be a complete change in the coaching staff. We will also, if necessary, re-organize the club structure.
After the disastrous start to the season, I met with the coach and directors to tell everyone this situation had to be overturned.
I also specified that the team had to step on to the field with a different tactical set-up, as I have a lot of experience in this area.
The results were seen straight away, modesty aside, starting from the comeback to draw 2-2 with Napoli. From the relegation zone we climbed to third place, earned yesterday by the skin of our teeth.
I have already called for tomorrow a complete revamp of the coaching staff and, if it were needed, a more efficient and complete re-organization of the club structure.”
When you know it’s a joke, the letter seems farcical, but given who was purported to have written it, it wasn’t completely implausible. Such the life of Berlusconi: Mockery rests next to truth.
Allegri’s probably going to be fired, and that will likely happen soon. With a scudetto on his record and enough sympathy given Milan’s summer losses, it won’t be long before Allegri will be working in a better less-hectic place.
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