Friday May 8 2020
Scaroni: 'Milan move with Gazidis'

Paolo Scaroni has explained how Milan are moving forward with Ivan Gazidis, assured that ‘mistakes are behind us’ and claimed ‘FFP will change’.

Some fans are unhappy with Gazidis, blaming him for Zvonimir Boban’s exit after it emerged he had held talks with German coach Ralf Rangnick.

However, Scaroni made it clear the former Arsenal man - in his role as CEO - had a big role to play for Milan.

“Ivan Gazidis, a professional from the world of football, was welcome here,” he told Olympialex.

“He’s been given three tasks: the first is to build a young team, with young players who play quick football, quicker than what’s usually seen in Italy, more like the English model or Ajax.

“The second concerns the new stadium: San Siro is a big name, but it’s totally obsolete for football.

“The third is sponsors: Milan need them. Sponsors won’t arrive without results and results don’t arrive without sponsors.

“I think we’re the youngest team in Serie A. We’ve made some mistakes, we changed coaches at the start of the season and Giampaolo probably wasn’t a lucky choice.

“Most of our mistakes are behind us, not in front of us. We want to bring Milan back where they deserve to be.

“Milan’s a global brand, we have more fans than any other Italian club and we’re in Europe’s top five on that basis, even if we haven’t won for some time.

“In Indonesia, for example, we have five million fans. We have to do well on the sporting side, but the real challenge is to make new fans in places like China, Indonesia and Pakistan.

“We have centres in Chad, Mali, Pakistan, places where we send coaches to train young people.

“If we want to win over millions of fans, what you have to do is play at times compatible with their time zones.

“Games are won by players and coaches, trophies are won by the whole club, including management.

“You need to have an efficient corporate structure to win a league title. What I and especially Gazidis are doing is building stable foundations for Milan.

“Many fans don’t understand what it means to run a club with FFP: we don’t want to be punished again.

“Running a club is like running the Scala. I’ve been on its board for nine years: the most difficult thing to manage are the prima donnas. The singers are like the players.

“We have independent members. For example, I’m not an Elliott employee. After that, we have some ‘milanisti’. We want people who love Milan.”

The Rossoneri President then discussed Financial Fair Play and why his club is in favour of resuming the season.

“UEFA’s FFP model is different to the mechanism used by the NBA. If I can criticise FFP: the situation has frozen.

“If you are a club that’s winning, your future is made up of winning and sponsors, otherwise the road is very long. FFP will change, everything’s changing course.

“My position on the season resuming is clear. I’ve also expressed it to the Lega: I want to finish the season.

“We want to get to the end of this season, it’s possible and feasible. The final decision belongs neither to the league nor the clubs but rather the government.”

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