Milan’s statement confirming the appointment of Sinisa Mihajlovic completely omits his Inter past.
The Serbian was appointed as Filippo Inzaghi’s successor at San Siro earlier today, with a short statement on the club’s official website.
A longer Press release has now been posted, but ignores his four-year spell at city rivals Inter as both a player and one of Roberto Mancini’s staff.
“After spells in charge of Bologna, Catania, Fiorentina, the Serbian national team and his last experience at Sampdoria, Sinisa Mihajlovic is officially the new coach of the Rossoneri,” the club statement began.
“The 46 year-old from Vukovar arrives with 156 matches as a coach in Serie A and 11 in the Coppa Italia behind him, and not to mention 9 World Cup qualifiers in charge of Serbia.
“As a player, Mihajlovic was a team-mate to ex-Milan great Dejan Savicevic during their days together at Red Star Belgrade before arriving in Italy and Serie A where he would enjoy the most success in terms of titles and trophies at capital club Lazio.
“Mihajlovic was renowned for his work-rate, commitment and also as a dead-ball specialist during his playing career and is good friends with Milan legends Andriy Shevchenko, Filippo Inzaghi and Clarence Seedorf.
“Good luck and welcome Coach!”
The pointed omission of the Nerazzurri may be to avoid reminders that the former defender once said he would never accept the Milan job, due to his links to their rivals.