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Sunday September 16 2012
Milan scapegoat

It’s too easy to blame Massimiliano Allegri, as Susy Campanale believes the Coach is a scapegoat for Milan's downsizing.

The facts are inarguable. Milan had not lost both their opening home games since 1930. They have been beaten at San Siro by relegation fodder Sampdoria and Atalanta. This side has no identity, no plan and no clue. Will Massimiliano Allegri be sacked? Almost certainly. Did he deserve the blame for this situation? Probably not.

This trap has been laid for the Coach since the summer, as Adriano Galliani and Silvio Berlusconi try to shift the responsibility for running this club into the ground. Selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva was just the most obvious moment in an overall downsizing campaign. Ah, ‘downsizing,’ that term that tries to make dismantling a company seem like an improvement.

Their inevitable slide into mediocrity is visible in the players now filling the ranks, from Kevin Constant to Francesco Acerbi. The most worrying aspect is that not only are the Rossoneri using these players – they couldn’t even afford to buy them outright. If you construct a squad of loans, co-ownership deals and players on the verge of a Bosman, then you can’t really complain when the results are unimpressive.

Galliani continues to insist they have “not lost ambition” and that Allegri has to challenge for the Scudetto with the squad at his disposal, but nobody genuinely believes that. I doubt even Galliani believes it. This is why I am concerned for the Coach, who let’s not forget did win the Scudetto just over a year ago and is now being groomed as the perfect scapegoat.

The stage is set for a dismissal in the next few weeks or even days, where Mauro Tassotti will be promoted from the role of assistant manager to caretaker. He’ll never get the job permanently, of course, because Tassotti isn’t glamorous enough for Berlusconi. There are already rumours Pippo Inzaghi is being prepared for the position after all of one game in charge of the Allievi Nazionali youth academy team. It’s still more experience than Leonardo had, I suppose...

I am not saying Allegri is blameless, of course. The performances against Sampdoria and Atalanta reminded me of Luis Enrique’s Roma last season. There was the same sterile possession, growing sense of desperation as time wore on and tendency to just hit long-distance efforts from every conceivable angle in the hope one might get a deflection in. This Milan is shapeless, boring, uninspired and workmanlike, but above all slow. They have always struggled with finding a change of pace, but more than ever before the Diavolo are stuck in second gear. Playing like this, they’ll finish a lot lower than second in the table.

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Have your say...
Sack Allegri now before it will be too late
on the 21st October, 2012 at 10:43am
I blame B &G for all d troubles Milan is facing. I agree with d faan dat talks about d resources of Milan. Where are d resources going to? Dats d kwestion. Milan made some decent sales of some high profile players in recent yrs n yet are telling us dey don't have money to get some good plaayers. I bilive we need answers to whr dis fundds are going. Politics I sopose!!
on the 20th September, 2012 at 6:36pm
Don't worry Milanisti. Boateng, Montolivo, Zapata, Pazzini, Nocerino and Mexes have proven again and again to be mid-table quality. Too good to go down.
on the 19th September, 2012 at 11:54pm
Most of the Posts are Negative for the Management but the Blame is laid at Allegri's door, its a problem that can be fixed but needs gentle Political Acumen to be solved. Club Politics can be delicate but in this case the Majority of people want new owners fast, the type of owners Man City, Malaga and PSG have recently acquired. Their teams are growing at a rapid rate of Knots so why not AC Milan, one of the world's most respected Sports Clubs with over 110 years of History and Glory?
on the 19th September, 2012 at 8:16pm
Of course this is by far not the best milan squad that we have. seen in the recent years, but the quality of the team is at least high enough to beat aaverage teams like atalanta , sampdoria and anderlecht. So something must happen fast, even if this means that allegri has to go!
on the 19th September, 2012 at 3:15pm
Allegri is not the problem. The main problem is that they did not invest in yought the last 10 or maybe 20 years. Scouting for talent is needed even for a top team like AC Milan. Now they need without funds atleast 5 years for Milan's own yought to break out.
on the 18th September, 2012 at 2:18pm
Sorry Susy, have to disgree. Allegri has never been a great coach with Milan. 2 years ago they won it in spite of him, not because of him. When a coach is constantly starting a player such as Bonera, there are some serious issues and I'm not talking about the injury woes either. Bonera doesn't belong in proper football leagues, he's just not good enough. He might be decent for MLS. Ambrosini is another joke. He wasn't even Milan quality in his prime and has become even worse with age.
on the 17th September, 2012 at 2:03pm
its simple, berlusconi does not want to spend money on the club anymore.

after all the glory, he is unfortunately making the club into a eurpa league worthy club.

We lost to samp and atalanta, dont be surprised when we are knocked out of the CL in the group stage.

No stars in the team left - galliani and berlusconi and allegri all need to go!

Allegri is an average manager - but obviously any manager isnt going to win at milan with a team full of average players.
on the 17th September, 2012 at 10:08am
Sack Allegri now. Even if we claim to have lost our best players, a team that has players like Monty, Pazzo, Prince, Abate, Nocerino, Bojan should play better than what we have seen so far. It is the job of the coach to get the best and most out of his players. How the hell does Allegri play Bonera, Antonini, Emmanuelson ahead of Zapata, Mexes, De Sciglio, Traore?
Sack him now and get a dynamic coach who was a good football player and has high self esteem.
on the 17th September, 2012 at 9:37am
I've been supporting the Rossoneri since 1992 and this is by far the worst team we've had in all that time. That's not Allegri's fault, and sacking him will only initiate a pointless manager merry-go-round. Let us not forget that he won the Scudetto in his first season and we would have won it last year without the horrendous injury list. Even with the depleted squad Milan came close to matching a good Juventus team, and they may have prevailed had THAT goal been given.
on the 17th September, 2012 at 9:26am
1. playing both Urby and Antonini. Both players play similar left wing attacking roles, its like having butter and margarine on bread. To solve Allegri brought on Constant (again similar player, think of him as "I Cant believe its not butter")
2. One striker (Pazzini), El Pharoah plays like an attacking midfielder and would be best used supporting strikers. Prince is a midfielder
3. Mexes is our best defender, but instead Bonera starts??
4. Allegri is simply mediocre like a lot of the players
on the 17th September, 2012 at 7:37am
I moved to Milan this year, looking forward to buying a season ticket. That all fell apart when they sold Ibra, Silva and swapped Cassano. I refuse to buy one now and have no interest in this year's campaign, as it is a joke. Milan have a responsibility to be one of the biggest teams in the world EVERY year, not just some years. The management need to ensure that happens. Selling star players is not the way to do it, and if money TRULY is a problem they should look to investors.
on the 16th September, 2012 at 11:05pm
@ BOSS

Exactly! It beggars belief. I don't believe all these assertions that the club needed to sell Ibra and Silva in order to make things financially stable, and that it's all going to be okay now. Even if by some miracle Milan do get back on track with their performance, chances are another key player is going to get sold off in the next year or so, because for some mysterious reason the club needs to 'balance the books' again.

Madness.
on the 16th September, 2012 at 8:47pm
Yeah how did Anonymous bypass the 500 word cap ???

Sacking Allegri is only a few of Milans problems, who will they replace him with ? Ranieri LoL, that won't end very well...
on the 16th September, 2012 at 7:56pm
Where is Milan's income going?

According to La Gazzetta last week, Milan's annual wage bill is the highest in Serie A, at 120 million Euros.

Milan's income per year is around 260 million Euros, according to Deloitte.

Yet Milan are losing 50 million Euros a year, according to Berlusconi and Galliani.

So where is 190 million Euros going? How much does San Siro cost to rent? How much is in the interest on the debt? The money certainly isn't going on transfer fees.
on the 16th September, 2012 at 7:40pm
Boss the money could go towards Berlusconi's legal bills to keep him out of jail, or an offshore account when he disappears out of Italy, or to Pato to keep Barbara happy, or for Berlusconi' s bunga bunga parties!!!
on the 16th September, 2012 at 7:29pm
Milan fans think they ve got it bad they should try been a big Roma fan. 2-0 up with Bologna at home with 20 minutes to go and losing 3-2. Reminded me of last season. This always seems to happen with us, we are in control of games and we collapse. Juve dont play well yet win 3-1. Thats why they will be champions at the end of the season, and if we are lucky we might scrape a Europa League spot. Pathetic. I love Roma but I am sick of the same rubbish every season.
on the 16th September, 2012 at 7:17pm
Can somebody explain why Milan are so broke? i don't get why they always have to sell players and can not buy any decent ones? they sold Sheva and Kaka for hefty sums and Ibra and Silva. Yet they never spend it. Where does it go. If soembody says "to balance the books", what exactly needs to be balanced? They don't spend anything. Is the presidnent disinterested or just broke?
on the 16th September, 2012 at 6:34pm
An extremely worrying performance. The issue for me was that whilst Atalanta defended well, Milan lacked identity, personality, will, fight, shape and urgency. they created very little and seem to be content with creating little. In addition to the above, they also seem to lack a leader on the pitch. Whilst the coach's status will of course come into question, yesterday it just seemed that the players didn't seem to be playing for him. it was an extremely inept and impotent performance.
on the 16th September, 2012 at 2:46pm
I agree almost on everyhing but Allegri..Yes Acerbi, Constant, Antonini, Bonera are not Milan quality but they;re still better than those players in Atalanta squad.. the problem is the mentality of the team, and the chief of the team is the tactician himself: Allegri! playing 2 defensive midfielders vs a small team show it all, there is no mentality to play offensive football, and obviously you cant expect creativity out of Ambro, De Jong or Nocerino to supply the ball to the offensive players.
on the 16th September, 2012 at 2:20pm
Selling Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic was good business for the money offered, but they should have been replaced. Why didn't Milan move for Berbatov, a perfect Ibrahimovic replacement at a fraction of the price? Also failing to replace Nesta or Gatusso or even Pirlo when they let him go last season has made the void even bigger.

Good enough to bounce back and make a push for the top 3 (or more to the point the rest of Serie A is weak enough to let them), but the title is out of the question.
on the 16th September, 2012 at 2:18pm
I hope Prandelli was watching Consigli last night a couple of good saves and looked solid again. Behind Buffon the 2nd best keeper we have. Milan are a joke, they will struggle to get past the first round of the champions league at present.I'm a massive Roma fan but pray Juventus do really well in the champions league for the good of our football. We should all support Italian teams in europe regardless of who we support
on the 16th September, 2012 at 2:06pm
CIGA!! 21
on the 16th September, 2012 at 12:55pm
@Anonymous

Is that a 500 word post !?
on the 16th September, 2012 at 12:35pm
All this talk of Milan playing boring football even with Ibra is nonsense. Milan were very close to challenging for the cl last season and would have been this season. The problem with Milan is their awefull strikers who can't finish. Pazzini's hat trick was a fluke. The transfer campaign was terrible. Ibrahimovich is a selfish greedy player with no loyalty. I hope he never wins the champions league. Milan should have kept nesta at least to give the youngsters such as acerbi a focal point.
on the 16th September, 2012 at 12:09pm
Another thing that bugs me is why isn't Cristante anywhere near the 1st team squad. I don't care that he is only 17. He was really impressive in pre-season. He showed great skill, composure, and played with a maturity beyond his years. Arsenal started using Jack Wilshire, when he was the same age, and I believe that Cristante can be just as good. Instead, Milan buy numerous, average(Traore, Constant), central midfielders, and push Cristante down the pecking order. It must be very disheartening.
on the 16th September, 2012 at 10:52am
I totally agree with this article except I think Acerbi has potential to become a great and if you start him in defense with Zapata, De Sciglio and Abate. I hope Massimiliano Allegri does get the sack because hes a terrible manager and the only reason he ever won the Scudetto is because of the greats such as Pirlo, Gattuso, Inzaghi, Nesta, Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.
on the 16th September, 2012 at 10:52am
Jibola hit the nail on the head, there are 2 sides to a coin at Milan.

For starters, Allegri didn't have good relationships with players. He allienated Pirlo, Pippo & Gattuso out of the team. Then there was that bust up with Ibra.

Despite all of that, he managed the team to a respectable position if you take injuries into acccount.

Now the otherside of the coin, sales of Silva, Ibra & Cassano is hard to swallow. Even with this current team, Jose Mourinho won't be able to achieve anything...
on the 16th September, 2012 at 10:49am
There is quality everywhere on the milan team, the problem is allegri sees nothing good in non-italian players. Now lets start from the keepers, gabriel is a far better goalie than both abbiati and amelia and again he's stil very young and agile ready to impress. Secondly the best centre halfs in the milan team right now are not italians;zapata and mexes but the stupid allegri prefers overrated bonera and acerbi. Thirdly, this is where pains me the most, emmanuelson is a versatile player no doubt about that but his best position is on the left as a wing back or left back but rather he prefers failure in the person of atonini because atonini is italian. And again boateng is NOT an attacking midfielder even though he scores hat trick in every match he plays. The best attacking midfielders in this world right now are kaka and totti. These two players dont have strength and agility atleast not anymore but their vision and creativity makes up. And we all saw how kaka dismantled us with his sublime 3 assists in the pre.season friendly and totti dismantled inter with his touches and sublime passes. Another thing is ambrosini is 35 way past his best why must he start when we have more agile and young players but its because he's the captain and italian. Del piero was the captain of juve last term but he was never an undoubted starter. There is quality and quantity in this midfield but how to use it is what matters. Give mourinho or guardiola or di matteo this midfield and they will perform wonders. Lastly in the attack, this is where allegri's uselessness in coachin shows the most. He did it last term and is stil doing it again. I know i am not a coach and it takes alot to be a coach but simple reasoning should tell me that if i have 8 attackers at my disposal i will have to start with at least 3 of them because scoring goals is what guarantees result in this game. Just like last term ibra was the undisputed starter then any of these(cassano, pato, robinho, maxi lopez, el sharawy, inzaghi, etc) players partnered him. Seriously allegri is sick that he does not see anything good in non.italian players and of course he's so arrogant and unpolite and disrespectful as evidenced in the testimonies of gattuso, inzaghi and the other veterans that left. If something doesnt work for u, u change it but allegri doesnt knw how to change from his 4.3.1.2 if it doesnt work for him and also if a relationship doesnt work u break.up so milan shuld better break.up with allegri now before the damage becomes unrepairable. If anything is wrong with milan now allegri has 70% of the fault
on the 16th September, 2012 at 10:48am
No urgency, incision, creativity, little cohesion, plan b.....There are so many things that are wrong! The win over Bologna simply papered over the cracks- a dodgy penalty, a goalkeeping howler-Milan didn't play well in that game either! Allegri cannot be made fully accountable, but in my opinion he needs to have more tactical solutions, it is always 4312. What about a 352? Emanuelson & Abate would be great wingbacks, you could play Ambrosini as the middle man in a back 3.
on the 16th September, 2012 at 10:45am

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