Sunday November 25 2012
Cruel to be kind

Milan and Inter are treating Max Allegri and Wesley Sneijder with cruelty, contempt and a good dose of honesty, argues Susy Campanale.

It’s not a nice feeling to be dumped, let alone in public, but at least you know where you stand. That has to be the thought going through the minds of Massimiliano Allegri and Wesley Sneijder today. Their Presidents pulled the San Siro plug with little room for ceremony this weekend, leaving little doubt as to the future.

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi arrived at the training ground in his helicopter for a ‘morale-boosting’ session that worked hard on the players, but certainly not his Coach. “There are several English clubs who want Guardiola, in particular Manchester City, as they are in pole position because some of their directors know him well. We will try to sign him, but it’s going to be tough. We have talked to Allegri about Guardiola too.” That’s just uncalled for, describing your ideal beau and seduction strategy to your current partner. It’s not as if Max didn’t know, of course. The rumours have been all around town for months... That doesn’t stop it being poor form to not only announce it in public, but also point out Roberto Mancini is on his way out of Manchester City.

It’s not even December yet and already these clubs are planning for next summer, keeping their current tacticians around out of mere convenience. It’s no way to help a team that already has serious issues with self-confidence, is it? On the other hand, at least Milan are being honest with Allegri and the fans. This is his last campaign at San Siro, so he may as well make the most of it and not bother worrying about the future here. The players who don’t get along with him can also rest easy knowing their own Rossoneri careers do not necessarily rest on impressing him.

The Sneijder situation is a little different, but again at least there is now some honesty. Banning the Dutchman from using Twitter and continuing to keep up this charade that the injury is dragging on fooled nobody. There are contract renegotiations going on and until those are sorted out, Wes will not be seen wearing an Inter jersey.

However, there are still some half-truths within even that admission from the Nerazzurri. His €6m per season wages aren’t really the issue, especially as the clubs like Anzhi, Manchester City and Manchester United ready to snap him up would pay considerably more than that. Sneijder does not fit tactically into the squad and has been ‘a problem’ ever since Jose Mourinho left. A series of Coaches have not known quite what to do with him and it suits absolutely nobody for Wes to remain at San Siro.

So let’s just be honest and admit that Sneijder will leave in January, clearing the way for Andrea Stramaccioni’s preferred approach and bringing in precious funds for mid-season reinforcements. It’s just a pity Inter had to cloak their eventual honesty in a convenient excuse about wages. 

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Have your say...
Why should sneijder take a pay cut? If that's what they offered him and put in his contract then that's what they owe him. If they were smart in the first case they should have put a clause in his contract. He should stay exactly where he is until his contract runs out and then move on for a Bosman!
on the 27th November, 2012 at 8:55pm
I have seen and read so many stupid things in football but the Wesley Sneijder situation has got to be 1 of the most stupid things ever. Are they or are they not paying him? Have they really got players as talented as he is to leave him out with such rubbish reasons? Sure he is injury prone but he is just pure class and a dying breed ie a player with great vision and passing technique a la Pirlo and Totti. Too much emphasis on systems n athleticism is killing football
on the 26th November, 2012 at 10:52pm
i think inter lack respect by the way they treating the players ,, they can't just tell any of their players to pay cut except in long injury periods ,, players has contracts and must be respected , no doubt you can put him in the market but keep him playing to keep his value first and second to be agood farewell between the club and their ex players ,,, for example : poli , juliano ,maicon , lucio , santon , pazzini , bobo vieri and now snieder !!!!!!
on the 26th November, 2012 at 4:28am
AC Milan is currently under reconstruction after so many stars left and old guards retired. Silvio is just as crazy as he was, trying to change their great coach because of problem he set himself in. Reconstruction project should be kept in continuity. they should not seek great result at least from this season (maybe a min. EURO Cup qualification). But if they get thr' it with Max, I am quite sure they will be reward by a decent team and result next yr.
on the 26th November, 2012 at 2:27am
As an Interisti, Wesley offered us so much during the treble winning campaign, but... NTH after that!
we have to admit that Wesley may actually be overrated, especially when we notice that he have not live up to expectation since he left Ajax in 2007 apart from the treble. If I were Massimo, I would have sold him much earlier. if 1 coach cant fit u in, it will be his problem, but if so many coach failed to do so, it would most likely be Wesley's un-adaptability!
on the 26th November, 2012 at 2:18am
Sneijder is a waste, one game i remember last season when novara beat Inter 0-1 at the san siro, Sneijder had 30 odd shots on goal and not one hit the target, not one! It's pretty obvious he's on too much money or Inter can't afford his wages? he should of gone long ago to Man Utd or some overatted club in England.

Allegri is an unlucky man, he's just not got that quality needed in Serie long as Berlusconi is fooling around behind the scenes.
on the 26th November, 2012 at 1:39am
@ BOSS. lol, Man Utd are a long way from being a genuinely good team! They've been going backwards for 4 years. No top teams in Italy would be worried about them.

Allegri may leave, but Guardiola might be out of Milan's reach despite the fact he might actually come.

As for Sneijder, I've said for a while now that he should be sold. Hasn't really done it since the CL win and if they get 25m euro from those clowns in Russia, then sell him now and try to grab Paulinho and a top centre back.
on the 25th November, 2012 at 11:50pm
Milan have a decent team & it has been showing in recent weeks.Injuries to Bonera,Abate,Antonini have forced Allegri to play better players like Constant and De Sciglio.Also,credit to Allegri for not playing Emanuelson upfront anymore.If he wants to play then it should be as a LB.I hope Milan can keep this up,get younger players like Acerbi,Zapata,Niang more involved,settle on personnel,get rid of dead weight(Bonera,Antonini,Mesbah,Troare,Muntari) in Jan and reach top 3
on the 25th November, 2012 at 11:28pm

So much for a trash team huh? ACM Destroyed Juve tonight
on the 25th November, 2012 at 10:26pm
Sneider is a old geizer!!! He shud go back to his moms house. And get some new shoes cuz they r ugly on him. He asks for way tooooooooo much cha-Ching and pays em back with a few good performances and then gets injured!!!!!!! Lol inter shud be more like Juve!
on the 25th November, 2012 at 9:46pm

Berlusconi the piece of trash sells every good player the team has and then expects the coach to win with players rejected from the likes of Portsmouth. The reality is not even god could manage Milan and get them winning. The team is trash.


The man instrumental in the treble. He had offers from genuine good teams like Man U but stayed loyal to inter despite mou leaving. Now moratti won't let him play. Wes is 2 good for inter he should go 2 a real team. Inter = joke
on the 25th November, 2012 at 8:42pm
Allegri's treatment is a disgrace. Berlusconi sells off his best players then blames him because it damages the team. Guardiola would be mad to go near this job.
on the 25th November, 2012 at 8:23pm
Listen u guys, u have to admit Morratti ain't the best when u comes to transfers. He built a great team with the treble but didn't invest for da future. Dis is y Mourinho left and y Italian football isn't regarded with respect no more!!!! Juve will get Italia the respect tho!!! Haha!!!!!
on the 25th November, 2012 at 8:19pm
Yes, Sneijder's wages are the main issue.

Also, the problem is not that he doesn't fit in the system. He finished last season quite strong.

It's the fact that he's rarely available. 6 million euro a year wage for player that plays roughly half of the minutes per season is just too much. If he'd be fit for long, I'm sure he'd soon hit form and find his rhythm. If he'd be available for whole season, 6 mil is fair enough.
on the 25th November, 2012 at 6:58pm
very sad hearing Snejder suspension due to unresolved pay cut...People in Inter seems to me have no more respect to the star who has given treble in 2010.

And for Inter, how much more fund do you need after selling Eto'o, Motta, Julio Cesar and Maicon? till now you need another pay cut to the star, Snejder.
on the 25th November, 2012 at 6:55pm
Geez I knew dis was gonna happen!!!!! The Milan teams had great teams a few years ago but they did not have enough debt and didn't start thinking bout the future with young players till now. El Shaaraway is the future!!! For a Juve but I just adore El Shaaraway. AC should just buy reinforcements in defense and one more good midfield. Inter needs to shut up and get a young talented sticker and defender. Theses teams r just going thru their cycles this is how they can get thru it!! For a Italia!!!
on the 25th November, 2012 at 4:57pm
I don't think Inter are making excuses about wages, Suzy. It is evident over the last 12 months that Inter ve heavily cut down on wages across the squad due to FFP. It is the simple truth, Inter cannot afford his wages.

His tactical fit is a much smaller issue, as Inter can adapt their tactics for someone as gifted as Sneijder. I doubt Strama is lying about wanting to ve Sneijder back. Maybe he will be benched a few times for tactical reasons, but Inter could use someone like him right now!
on the 25th November, 2012 at 3:53pm
Allegri isn't the one to blame entirely. Sure he made some mistakes but the main problem is the Milan team this season. No coach can do magic with players like we have now. We have young and talented players but unfortunately they lack of experience. The rest are just old and mediocre players. We need time to gel to make this team better we cannot rush on that. Talking about changing coach next season is rude when Allegri is still on the helm but at least Milan is honest. Pep isn't a guarantee.
on the 25th November, 2012 at 3:16pm
I think the Pep comment was meant to motivate Allegri to prove himself since being nice to him hasn't been working in Milan's favor.Yes Allegri has lost half his squad but he is an average coach with no clear ideas/tactics.With Allegri playing players out of position,showing patience with Robinho,Mexes,Emanuelson,Bonera,Antonini instead of Merkel,Sokratis,and his treatment of Pippo,Pirlo,Nesta,I find it hard to feel sorry for him.
on the 25th November, 2012 at 3:13pm
If I were Berlusconi, I would try with all my might to get Montella.
on the 25th November, 2012 at 2:33pm
guadiola is in my opinion over rated and unproven. any manager could have won what he did at Barca. look at the players he had. its disgraceful the way allergri has been treated. given no money lost an interior team and bench in 4 months and he is expected to make a Milan in this state great?? it's a joke. no manager would take on a 'project' that consists of selling and not buying! I'm ashamedof being a Milan fan!
on the 25th November, 2012 at 1:32pm
I am afraid Berlusconi's visit might have had a devastating effect on the motivations of Milan coach and the players alike . I would like to see how the players take coach's orders after they know very well , he is not going to stay for long . Its ridiculous to think that respectable coaches like Allegri , Benitez are ready to play a bit part role . These guys deserve some respect from their owners . Sorry state of affairs from a coach's perspective . Worst , RDM got sacked !!
on the 25th November, 2012 at 12:13pm

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