Friday October 19 2012
Allegri's last stand?

Prickly and tactically inept or honest and underrated? With his job on the line against Lazio, Scott Fleming tries to discern which is the real Massimiliano Allegri.

Massimiliano Allegri enjoyed the high point of his reign as Milan boss at the Stadio Olimpico. It was there 18 months ago that he was launched into the air by his players, champagne dripping from his hair, after a 0-0 draw with Roma that guaranteed the club their 18th Scudetto.

Sadly for the 45-year-old, there's a chance that he will experience the low point at the Stadio Olimpico also, when the Rossoneri take on Lazio this Saturday night. “The game in Rome will not be, in any case, the last stop for Allegri, no matter what happens,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani insisted yesterday. But Galliani has gone back on his word before. Just ask Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Milan are 11th in Serie A, having scavenged just seven points from their first seven fixtures. Already, with less than a fifth of the season played, they have lost four League games, the same amount of defeats they accrued in the entirety of the 2010-11 championship winning campaign.

Allegri has seemed to be on the brink of the sack so many times this season that if and when it does happen, no post-mortem will be required. The analysis has already been carried out, arguments weighed, obituaries written.

His defenders say that he deserves respect for winning the Scudetto, then finishing a close second to an unbeaten Juventus, that he's been dealt a lousy hand by the club, that asking your Coach to go and win the League after selling off superstars like Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva and replacing them with Francesco Acerbi and Bojan Krkic is grossly unfair. And they're right.

His critics say that his interpersonal skills are poor, his tactics occasionally baffling, that even allowing for the summer’s talent drain Milan should not be losing at home to Sampdoria and Atalanta and sandwiched in between Torino and Bologna in the standings. And they're right too.

A large part of the problem for Allegri is the somewhat prickly demeanour which means many within the Press, and even some within the club – cough, Pippo Inzaghi – would be glad to see him go. It is telling how few of the 'Senators' that left at the end of last season have had a good word to say about him.

Then again the Livorno native could legitimately counter that he wasn't hired for his sparkling charm. “Some probably find me unfriendly because I tell people things directly to their face,” he said last month. “That's the type of relationship I want to have.”

Perhaps the fairest means of judging him is by looking at his own stated aim – a place in the top three. Within that context Saturday's game begins to look even more significant.

Fired up, on form, and with a Coach basking in the sort of good PR Allegri can only dream of, Lazio are precisely where Max wants Milan to be: third, eight points ahead of the Diavolo.

It would be an exaggeration to say defeat at the Olimpico will kill their ambitions stone dead, but with an 11-point deficit to make up, it would certainly leave Milan’s hopes of Champions League qualification, and Allegri's hopes of keeping his job, looking very slim indeed. 

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Have your say...
Allegri should stay but his tactics his thinking and motivating players sucks.. He should change playing style n formation too.. He should try 4 4 2.. Abbiati abate acerbi yepes/zapata de-sciglio constant montolivo ambrosini nocerino elsharawyi niang/bojan. This will b awesome.. N milan. Should sign one great defender and midfielder too.. Come on owner and Mr. President spent some money man... Allegri z great manager.. Dont lose him.. R we will struggle again just lyk we struggled after releasing pirlo.. That was a big mistake really big....!!!!
on the 23rd October, 2012 at 6:10am
@mustapha, i think your beloved inter playing in the Europa league is still hurting you. If that is the case 'do accept my condolence'. No football coach will ever tell you Allegri is not a good coach not even a footballer will do such. As for those senators, their own case is understandable because they aren't ready to give the young ones time and space to make a name for themselves. If at all Allegri wil go i want his replacement to be someone that know and understand milan football, people like MVB, Franck, Tassotti. I can bet with you this year that your beloved inter will not play in the next UCL. Forza Milano!!!
on the 22nd October, 2012 at 11:32pm
-Tactics poor! Do he even study the other teams??
-Player selection poor! boateng, urby??? formation??
-Using boner and antonini and we always lose, yet they start!
-Players have no fire burning inside them! He cant motivate them.
-All the senetors said it! he suck!
on the 22nd October, 2012 at 6:15pm
Please max let see pato niang in front we should go back to 4 4 2 i think that will be better than 4 3 3 stop playing Bonera what not a good defender when the opponet is with the ball if you can recall this moment man u vs Ac milan in the champions league man u won by 4 goals and we were beaten home and away Bonera played from central defence and did not win a single ball from the opponent is that a defender
on the 22nd October, 2012 at 11:24am
Milan need to play with there mind and there are some players that are not suppose to be playing for milan example Bonera Amelia pazzini they are not milan player and we also have players that have loose form example Boateng, Abate, Nocerino and Max should please start Niang in a match for milan
on the 22nd October, 2012 at 11:11am
Allegri is the same to me as Zacheroni was before... success achieved based on the failings of rival clubs. Thanks for the stop -gap job, now lets put in people with Milan passion and fight AND most importantly, know the Milan way both on and off the field in their DNA. I'd take seasons of rebuilding under Rijkaard, Van Basten, Donadoni, Tassotti, and even Ancelotti again. But of course, no to Gullit...better as TV pundit than coach for sure.
on the 22nd October, 2012 at 10:27am
As great a coach Guardiola is, he had the infrastructure, youth academy,& frankly, a golden generation of players at his disposal at Barca.He is passionate about the Catalan club, plus had money to buy the best players.It would take at least 3 years to implement his project at Milan,& for Rossoneri supporters, immediate success is required while playing the Milan way.I see him as a better fit at Roma,where he played before,is familiar with their setup,&though a big club,would give Pep more time.
on the 22nd October, 2012 at 10:16am
They might have the money to pay for Guardiola and 1 excellent players but then what? Revolution in the standard of play? Nah..

Or maybe... Mr. Berlusconi might had just spend all that $$$ from Ibra n Thiago Silva sale.. on paying debt (his or the club).

What for sure is, Milan is drowning this season.

As for the coach, Milan should keep Allegri for as long as it take. He is so beatable. We like him. Jose eat him for lunch, every single time and now, so does Strama too.

"Thank you Max!"
on the 22nd October, 2012 at 1:25am

"he wants inter?"

He never ever even hinted he wanted to coach Inter. Stick to reality son. PS. the phrase goes "Shoot yourself in the foot not the leg.."
on the 21st October, 2012 at 2:07pm
Hah! Losing to lazio definately killed allergi reign. Or if milan tends to keep him they might just shoot themselve at their own leg.. I don't see pep guardiola at milan, no way. He wants Inter. Anywqy, this all show allergi nothing without his top players. He never was that good, not on Mourinho level. Not even on the same par as Stramacioni! Forza Inter!!
on the 21st October, 2012 at 5:23am
I think Allegri should be given more time in general...after all Milan did lose 2 of their best players this summer and still haven't replaced them yet!

Zapata is a good enough defender but he will never replace the void left by Thiago Silva...EVER!

I still can't understand why Milan would sell a future captain, it was clear that Silva loved Milan but surely they could get money other ways instead of sell their best defender.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 3:15am
With limited budget that Milan have i dont think Guardiola can do well if he replace Allegri.. What Milan need right now is get back the momentum after a few defeats ... what they need right now is try to Gel the squad . Its not a easy task for Allegri. after he lost to many key player. i can see that this Milan need time to rebuild. This is the time to give a Young players to shine especially at the defends. Give De Sciglio and Acerbi a more time played.. replace the old guards
on the 20th October, 2012 at 9:15pm
if some luck does come Milan's way any time soon it would be much needed. 1st goal massive deflection, 2nd goal no keeper would have saved it and 3rd goal was atrocious defending. got back in with 2 clever goals, only for lazio to pretty much waste time throughout the 2nd half. they even wasted at least 2 minutes of the stoppage and yet the referee blew right on 4 minutes. I don't so much question allegri but why is bonera starting when zapata was brilliant in st.petersburg? rotten luck
on the 20th October, 2012 at 8:56pm
on the 20th October, 2012 at 7:38pm
@ Viktoria

I told you many times, if you don't understand English that's your problem.

Now, I suggest that you shut up because you have nothing to say, except trying to get yourself noticed by your stupid comments.

So, stai zitto !
on the 20th October, 2012 at 3:11pm

"Trust me, I can give you the brothers & sisters of those offensive words in which they can make you feel like crap, or constipated !"

Umm...What?? Truth always hurt but you dont speak the truth... so No. In about 90 mins you'll love against Napoli and I will repost here.
on the 20th October, 2012 at 2:42pm
@ Richard

I totally disagree with you. When Allegri won the Panchina d'Oro, he deserved it. He didn't win trophies but Cagliari was a Serie B-standard team when he took over. After about five or six losses, things started to click and the Sardinians started to play some of the best calcio in Italy.

He sticks to the 4-3-1-2 formation too often but he got Sassuolo into Serie B and he made Cagliari punch above their weight. That was why he was wanted at Milan in the first place.
on the 20th October, 2012 at 1:25pm

"he won the Panchina d'Oro by beating Mourinho..."

Well, that's not really an impressive thing. However that year, I thought that Del Neri deserved it more if considering that he actullay beat Mourinho at the Luigi Ferraris and brought Samp to a Champions League qualification spot.


I guess Allegri will not last any longer. I hope he won't say that he was replaced because of Muntari's Phantom Goal!
on the 20th October, 2012 at 2:17am

Funny funny, Ha Ha!
Truth hurts, doesn't it ?

Make no sense? Negative? Hatred? Bitter? Crap too?

Re-read your post and you will know to whom those words are truly belong.

So, my answer to your stupid post is this (as usual):


And by the way, if you want people to respect you, respect yourself.

Trust me, I can give you the brothers & sisters of those offensive words in which they can make you feel like crap, or constipated !

on the 20th October, 2012 at 2:05am
Allegri will soon be terminated and Guardiola will take the reins. Expect to see a clearing out of the remaining older and the underperforming players and acquisitions of talent of the ilk such as Llorente and Rossi.
on the 19th October, 2012 at 4:35pm
@mustafa:I agree with u..I never see Allegri as a good tactician..Yes,he won the Panchina d'Oro by beating Mourinho but it seemed that the Italian community unwilling to gave it for foreigner rather than he deserved to win it..He won the scudetto thanks for Ibra and the problem Inter had that season..Even the rookie Stramaccioni has already beaten him twice this year..
on the 19th October, 2012 at 3:40pm
He had no contenders?? You make absolutely no sense sometimes Muustafa.
on the 19th October, 2012 at 3:25pm

Ever thought of posting any positive feedback? Throughout the years you've been replying/posting on Football Italia its been with negativism and hatred. Are you that bitter? Allegri has done well with Milan. He lost too many key players and it takes it toll. What makes me really bitter is all Juve fans who've been under a rock for the last 5-8 years and all of a sudden you act like everyone else except yourself are crap. Show some respect, or dont bother in post at all.
on the 19th October, 2012 at 3:24pm
wait a sec,

Allegri was never a great coach in the first place! He's good, or average. I won't play-down that he's a scudetto winner, but with all do respect, he had no contenders that year, as it was going for Inter's Mancini era.

When it comes to the big games, Allegri won nothing. And Now, after his Serie B-like team, Milan will finish 7th or 6th.

>> Rest in Peace <<
on the 19th October, 2012 at 1:58pm

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