Filippo Inzaghi is the third coach to lead the club since the final day of the 2011/12 season, a list not including Mauro Tassotti who has served as interim coach between appointments. After Massimiliano Allegri was relieved of his duties for not being able to combine the talent Adriano Galliani had assembled into a winning combination, a coach who had never taken a game in his life was asked to do the same thing. Clarence Seedorf was let go less than a year after signing a contract that still pays him now, and his slightly more experienced replacement Filippo Inzaghi will probably face the same fate. Inzaghi will probably be well-paid and unemployed watching Christian Brocchi work out how to organise a training session in less than 6 months.
“I want to understand Milan’s plans, then I’ll make a decision,” were Nigel de Jong’s words to press during international duty with the Netherlands. The Dutch veteran is easily the best signing Milan have made in the post-Zlatan Ibrahmimovic/Thiago Silva era, yet is just months away from being a free agent, able to walk into any club he likes. It seems likely that will happen, with Manchester United the leading candidate.
So Milan, what are the plans? Nigel de Jong isn’t the only one who deserves to know.
There are a few who want to do just that, from Thai business Bee Taechauboul to the rumours of a “Mr Pink”, a Chinese Investor who may fit well with the club’s new partnership with Hello Kitty. Once again though they are but speculation, conjecture – nothing solid, nothing reassuring.
“Game Over,” a sign at an empty San Siro read. “Insert coin and save AC Milan.”
The question raised, however, is a good one. What are Milan’s plans? Nearly three years since the Rossoneri decided to get rid of the two remaining world class players in their squad, along with almost the entire veteran presence in the locker room, there has been no tangible sign of progress toward the younger, self-sufficient Rossoneri that was intimated by the board, along with reported stadium deals and investment into youth academies.
In a Q + A session on Twitter, former Coach Allegri answered a question on the differences between coaching League-leading Juventus and his other clubs. His answer? A not too subtle jab at his former employers. “Everything [at Juventus] runs like clockwork and all I have to focus on is what happens on the pitch.” It’s hard to imagine a similar sense of serenity at Milanello.
In the same length of time the job security of nearly every member of the Milan board, including owner and president Silvio Berlusconi, has been thrown into doubt. A shaky relationship between Barbara Berlusconi, Silvio’s daughter, and long-time ally Adriano Galliani has turned board meetings and long-term club distt娱乐场cussions into drawn out political discussions. Action is replaced by “summits”. A multiple leadership scenario has changed the hierarchy打鱼平台 at Milan as a rapidly decreasing collection of funds limits its acquisitions.
The absence of progress has begun to turn away the most loyal of Milanisti. After years of waiting for Adriano Galliani to work his magic with large cheques handed to him by former politicians, it appears that the time for patient negotiations and light-hearted requesbbin真人视讯真假ts for "gifts” from the Diavolo bosses are gone.