We’ve had fun together, winning the Scudetto in the first year, challenging to the end in the second and completing an incredible comeback to clinch a Champions League play-off spot despite half the squad departing simultaneously. Alright, so your European results were poor, but with this group of players at your disposal it’s not as if you could’ve done much better. I like you. This is why I’m giving you some advice: Run away.
Seriously, you have this perfect opportunity to get out of this madhouse and accept a job to rebuild Roma. Admittedly, that’s a bit of a crazytown too, but at least their owners have a little more patience and are offering a long-term contract. You’ll have talented players at your disposal, a beautiful city and a group of fans so utterly frustrated by recent failure that simply qualifying for the Europa League will be impressive. You will be given more freedom to make your own decisions without an overbearing President leaning over your shoulder at all times ready to take the credit for victory or publicly blame you for a defeat.
This evening you go to Arcore to meet face to face with President Silvio Berlusconi. After weeks of desperate mediating, Adriano Galliani has managed to smooth things over to the point where Don Silvio will deign to sit at the same table as you. He publicly humiliated you so many times, pulling out of meetings, claiming he dictated the change of tactics and giving scathing interviews. Do you really think that’s over and done with? Of course not.
Trust me, I’ve been a Milanista for almost 30 years and I know what Berlusconi is like. At the first hiccup, he will sack you. He’ll be on your case 24/7 just waiting for the moment he can swing the axe and paint himself as the great saviour again. Berlusca doesn’t like competition, as he wants to be the centre of attention and gratitude at all times. Galliani is the only one in the club hierarchy standing up for you and he also seems to be dropping down the food chain due to a power struggle with Barbara Berlusconi, so that’s another safety net disappearing. Remember that letter read out on Il Processo del Lunedi? I sincerely doubt the official story it was a fake. That sneering tone sounded exactly like Berlusconi to me.
Why does Berlusconi want Clarence Seedorf to take over as Coach when he’s patently unqualified? Because he wants the credit, of course! The President only hires a tactician to do the daily grind work and take the blame when something goes wrong, because he is so egotistical that he has to boast he ‘created’ the winning Milan manager. This is a man who actually said the Rossoneri should build a statue of him to place outside San Siro, or rename the stadium in his name.
When you sit down to dinner tonight, look Berlusconi in the face-lifted eyes and tell him you’re done with this. It might not be the best course of action for Milan, but it will be the best thing for you. Good luck.