Maybe we finally figured out what Mario Balotelli meant when he tweeted: “This is the end.” He saw the future, for this will definitely not end well for Milan. It is entirely clear that nobody knows what is going on, who is in charge or how long that situation will last before another massive upheaval. Do we really believe Adriano Galliani and Barbara Berlusconi will work together, each sticking to their own separate tasks as joint general managers? In pure Ghostbusters style, they are inevitably going to cross the streams.
“You cannot have two captains of a ship,” noted ex-Milan midfielder Zvonimir Boban. Add President Silvio Berlusconi to the mix and you have three people who think they are steering. Barbara wants to bring in Paolo Maldini, who has previously said the reason he isn’t back at Milan is his problem with Galliani. Ariedo Braida is still there for reasons now not entirely clear. The January transfer window is coming up, the Rossoneri desperately need reinforcements and Galliani’s status at the club has been gutted like a fish.
Nobody can possibly benefit from this situation. Galliani has effectively been demoted, Barbara isn’t getting the power she wanted and Silvio Berlusconi will have to mediate between them. At least Massimiliano Allegri and the team can have some of the media heat taken off them for a while. The soap opera behind the scenes will be far more interesting for the papers, as Lady B continues her machinations to unsettle Uncle Fester.
I see this as a huge missed opportunity. Galliani’s time is up, that much is clear, so why not go with it and make this a clean break? Dragging the situation on with him sharing the throne with Barbara is only going to make the inevitable divorce even messier. Let Maldini come in and Ms Berlusconi reform the club for a modern age. It’s going to happen sooner or later and anything else is just a waste of time.
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