Zvonimir Boban insists Marco Giampaolo was the only choice of Coach, while he “wouldn’t be here” if he thought Milan lacked ambition.
New boss Marco Giampaolo was presented to the media today, with directors Paolo Maldini and Boban also answering questions.
“It was an easy decision and a logical one in football terms to hire this Coach. We are very much in sync, we know the type of football that Giampaolo likes,” said Boban.
“The Coach hasn’t made that many requests, as we all believe the more quality in the squad, the better for everyone concerned. For years now, Marco has been offering something different in Serie A, a concept of beautiful football that respects Milan’s history and is what the San Siro crowd wants to see.
“Obviously, via beautiful football you also need to achieve results. We are convinced that we’re on the right track with him. When Maldini called, he asked me which Coach I saw as being suited to Milan. I replied Giampaolo and he said that was the only name in his mind, too.”
It is a return to Milan for Boban, who was a player here during the glory years and left a job at FIFA to help his old club.
“I am very happy to be back here with my club colours. When Paolo called, and I also knew Ivan Gazidis, I took very little time to make my decision.”
The club has changed a great deal since Boban was last here, as Silvio Berlusconi was replaced first by Yonghong Li and then US hedge fund Elliott Management.
Their Financial Fair Play situation was so bad that the Rossoneri accepted a year out of European competition to get their house in order.
“Sustainability does not necessarily mean lacking in ambition. It’s our obligation to dream and keep our feet on the ground too. We’re convinced that we will do well.
“This club and its owners have much bigger ambitions than people give them credit for. I wouldn’t be here, otherwise. The important thing is balance, staying within our limits and speeding up the process that’ll bring Milan back.
“It’s disappointing not to be in Europe, obviously. Milan should always participate in the biggest tournaments. We’ll continue along our path and at least the Coach will have an extra couple of days to work with his team in training.”
Boban poured cold water over the idea Milan could ask Real Madrid for Luka Modric after their €20m Theo Hernandez signature.
“It’s difficult to have players of that level. We’ll certainly try to bring a classy player, not just a youngster who could become a top player in future.”