Friday May 31 2013
Milan senseless over Seedorf

With Clarence Seedorf in contention to take over from Massimiliano Allegri, Alex Mott wonders just what Milan are thinking.

“Berlusconi wants to get rid of Allegri.”

At least that was Billy Costacurta’s view on Wednesday when speaking to Sky Sport Italia. Speculation has been mounting for weeks that Massimiliano Allegri will be getting the chop from the Milan chief within the next few days, and many, including the majority of bookmakers, are expecting Clarence Seedorf to come in as Coach.

It is a potential appointment which has already divided everyone’s opinion. The former Rossoneri midfielder has been in Brazil for the past season, living it up at Botafogo in their version of Serie A. The ex-Netherlands international has no previous coaching experience of any kind, let alone at one of the grandest clubs in Europe.

It’s a concern for the San Siro side and for Fabio Capello it’s probably a step too far for the 37-year-old: “In my view Allegri has worked very well and ought to stay, though we know Presidents have a different way of evaluating situations.

“I trained Seedorf many years ago and always respected him, but being Coach of Milan is not a joke. As a first experience, it could be a big risk.”

The club are potentially taking a huge gamble, just one season into the new ‘project’ Silvio Berlusconi hailed this time last year. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso and Pippo Inzaghi all leaving the team in the summer, 2012-13 was a campaign of initial lows and subsequent highs.

The early season losses to Sampdoria, Atalanta and Inter were soon forgotten after Christmas thanks to a run of 19 games without defeat. The emergence of Stephan El Shaarawy, M’baye Niang and Mattia De Sciglio has been a real shot in the arm for a side that was, previously, lacking in any youthful verve. And of course, the signing of Mario Balotelli in January gave the Diavolo a genuine, on his day, goalscorer.

It is understandable then, that supporters at San Siro have been somewhat dismayed with the rumours of Allegri’s departure, as they made clear in a statement last week: “We understand, but do not share the idea, that who invests may decide to change Coach for personal reasons, but if we are talking about a project then you have to at least start with an affirmed Coach and not with people like Seedorf or others who have no experience and will take over a young side which is a month away from its first official engagement such as the difficult Champions League preliminary round.”

“We, at the very least, ask that Milan and its fans are respected, with decisions which are not made in the moment but with the continuation (if not with Allegri who we strongly support, then at least with a real Coach) of a project which a year ago we supported against everything and everyone.”

It was a clear declaration from the tifosi – Seedorf? No thanks. A Champions League finish after a summer of upheaval is nothing to be sniffed at, even if Milan believe they should be winning the Scudetto every season.

To just rip that up and start over again would be a complete mistake and would show a real lack of foresight from the President and his cronies – especially if the man coming in is someone with no experience and hasn’t proven himself in the intricate art of game management.

Allegri has already been offered a way out of Lombardy if he so chooses, with Roma reportedly presenting the former Cagliari boss a three-year deal worth around €3.5m. The capital club have, of course, no European football to look forward to next term. But the way the 45-year-old has been treated, he’d be well within his rights to walk away from the madness at turmoil at Giuseppe Meazza and hop on a one-way train to Rome.

Milan may not be the team they once were, but that’s not down to Allegri. History is littered with examples of high-profile players being parachuted into top jobs – very rarely does it work out.

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When talking about Milan, it's always 'San Siro', while talking about Internazionale, use 'Giuseppe Meazza instead.

Please get that correctly, this website is supposed to be Football Italia.

In reply to this, Inter refer to the stadium as 'Giueppe Meazza' because he is an Inter legend. Milan use San Siro because they do not wish to be associated with Giuseppe Meazza! Hope that clears up the 'San Siro' issue!
on the 12th June, 2013 at 11:06am
everybody is entitled to their opinion but the bottom line is: real Milan fans only see red and black. "NO BODY IS AND NEVER WILL BE BIGGER THEN THE GREAT AC MILAN" and that includes messrs Berlusconi and galliani.
on the 8th June, 2013 at 8:46pm
It would be a pity if Allegri left, especially since he has got El Shaarawy and Balotelli at his disposal. Getting someone inexperienced like Seedorf would ruin things.

If Allegri goes, Tassotti would be the best choice or even Rijkaard. Even Pippo would be better than Seedorf!
on the 1st June, 2013 at 10:01am
My problem with Allegri is that he always gets it wrong in big games, yet he is good in handeling young player; but i cant forgive him for letting Pirlo go.
on the 1st June, 2013 at 8:05am
Give Tassoti as milan coach. #forzamilan#
on the 1st June, 2013 at 2:43am
Correction ozeki. Giuseppe Meazza is the official name of the stadium. San Siro is the neighbourhood it is located in, and also what this stadium is often referred to
on the 1st June, 2013 at 2:31am
Why not hire Seedorf as Allegris assistant?
on the 31st May, 2013 at 11:57pm
If milan sack allegri I will not watch milan again! I have lost all respect for famiglia berlusconi. Its disgusting the way they have treated allegri, and to replace him with seedorf is even more of an insult to the man! How can you sake the man that saved our session after berlusconi allowed the entire team to be sold and leave leavng allegri with not a single big name. Allegri has created stars from what he was left with. The entrance of balo was a distract us from the stuoidness of berlusconi
on the 31st May, 2013 at 11:51pm
Seedorf's supposed lack of managerial experience should not be an issue. I would rather see the Conte#s of this world in serieA than Ventura. Part of seriea's problem is the amount of old school managers still around. It should be clear that most of these bring very little to the game.Seedorf is respected at Milan and ppl make more of managerial position than necessary. Put d right players in d right positions and success should not be far away. Trying to be too cute gets you into trouble.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 9:26pm
I say we keep Max Alegri, if Milan must fire him, den the best choice I think we have is BVB boss Jugen Klopp ..... He's a complete coach
on the 31st May, 2013 at 9:12pm
I am a big supporter of giving allegri another year to show us his ability and capability. I love seedorf but not to the extent of thrusting our club on his inexperienced shoulders. Allegri really tried this season, managing an all-new team and he managed to get us to 3rd position(UCL position). He should stay for another season.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 8:09pm
When talking about Milan, it's always 'San Siro', while talking about Internazionale, use 'Giuseppe Meazza instead.

Please get that correctly, this website is supposed to be Football Italia.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 4:05pm
To put it plainly, he hasn't done a particularly good job with Milan. He's too defensive and too scared to let his teams play. That's with a big fat period.

However, bringing in Clarence Seedorf would leave me at a loss fo words...Berlusconi cannot be THAT stupid.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 3:23pm
Well history gives examples but teaches nothing.
3rd place proves Allegri's case for me, I'd keep him.

The fact Seedorf has no coaching experience has little meaning. Yes he would be a gamble but so was Sacchi and Guardiola. And I dare to reverse the point : history is also littered with just as many proven high profile coaches that failed when given all the toys they needed at big clubs.

Seedorf earned respect on and off the pitch and he's sharp. If I'd have to gamble I'd bet on him.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 3:10pm
Allegri is most certainly the reason why El Sharaawy, De Sciglio and Niang. He most likely will develop Saponara and Cristante. But so did Wenger at Arsenal with Fabregas and van Persie. Despite that, they haven't won a single trophy (not even Carling cup) since 2005. As a Milan fan, I would love to see the birth of a new generation of champions but not at the cost of not winning CL. CL IS MY DOPE and I cannot see my beloved team not win it. To win cups you need men, not boys.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 1:55pm
I would be willing to trust Seedorf. He has shown in the past that he is one of the coolest, smartest and most dedicated players in the history of the game. He also has the unique experience of being part of three different CL from different eras. He knows what is needed to win cups. On the other hand Allegri did the impossible by blowing it away in 2012 with Ibra and even this year only a miracle against Siena saved his dismal performance during the most crucial stage of the championship.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 1:48pm
Seedorf comes across as an extremely intelligent and likable person, but it is far too early for him to coach a club the size of Milan. Then you have to factor in him working for an interfering president like Berlusconi & the extra pressure that would heap on his shoulders I'd like to see him start at a club like Brescia, a club with a good youth system. Or if Inzaghi gets a promotion, then perhaps Seedorf could coach the youth team.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 1:42pm
Shameful the way allegri been treated so far. For the love of god DON'T get seedorf. Eithe keep allegri or get a coach. Not a rookie coach just like Leonardo was. Just don't.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 1:16pm
I don't know how many people believe that Allegri will be sacked!
I personally don't believe it, he may opt to leave on his own due to the lack of respect shown by Berlusconi but he certainly won't be sacked.
Seedorf is not and was never an option but if Allegri decides to leave, who will replace him? The only reason this story has dragged on for so long is because Milan can't find a decent replacement and Allegri is milking the situation for all it's worth.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 1:10pm
Allegri should be allowed to stay. He has done a good job in an adverse situation. If he were to be replaced what sense is there in taking Seedorf? If he were to get the job it will perhaps be the most reckless and risky descion in terms of a managerial appointment in modern football. Frank Rijkaard would be a safer bet and Milan is such a club that it should be looking at the likes of Klopp who is tactically excellent.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 12:58pm
I agree wholeheartedly. I'm especially surprised because, as good as Seedorf was for Milan, there was always a section of fans who did not like him. And if things go bad, they will jump all over him. Milan is such a tough place to coach, it seems odd that they would choose someone with NO experience (at least Pippo has one year under his belt, and loved by all fans).
on the 31st May, 2013 at 12:29pm
Forza Allegriiiiiiiii!
on the 31st May, 2013 at 12:23pm
It's madness that his job is under scrutiny. They lost the majority of the squad before season started through retirement or transfers.
They've finished in a champions league position and got through the champions league group at Zenit's expense who spent far more.
I think, all things considered Allegri did an excellent job and think it's typical of modern day football that he could get sacked. Its up there with Di Matteo sacking months after winning champions league.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 12:13pm
We need a experienced manager who can make us a top team again and sign many good players this summer
on the 31st May, 2013 at 11:15am
You have just summed up my thoughts and feelings in an article. Couldn't agree more. People will point out Allegri's weaker record against the larger clubs in Italy...but that's the point there, at least he HAS a record against them. Seedorf hasn't finished playing yet so would be a stupidly bullish appointment.

It's such a cliche, but great players don't make great managers...and Seedorf, well, who knows!? We have nothing to judge him on. Give him a few years at Sassuolo and Cagliari first....
on the 31st May, 2013 at 11:00am
So as far as I'm concerned, this isn't the saga of Allegri's success or failure at Milan, it's the saga of Berlusconi's continued and harmful meddlings with the role and responsibilities of the Milan coach. The Seedorf obsession is the same as the aforementioned Ronaldinho one – often, Berlusconi just can't look past the razzle-dazzle of an illustrious player career and see the practicalities. And I agree, star players rarely make for excellent coaches. Milan's own Van Basten is a case in point.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 10:33am
I want him out.
Over the last 2 years he seemed to me clueless. Constantly playing certain individuals out of position, that midfield of ours is a disaster (given the exodus that's not entirely his fault), defense not much better but worst of all we have no identity on the pitch whatsoever. It is just painful to watch Milan lately, he just rellies on individuals up front and that's it.
However Seedorf is not an answer, i say give Tassotti a go.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 10:33am
Things started to look up when Allegri took charge – he and Galliani even managed to convince Berlusconi to let Ronaldinho go (the President until then was still utterly convinced the Brazilian was the best player in the world). Aside from that Berlusconi was pretty quiet for some time (on the Milan front at least). But now that his political engagements aren't demanding so much of his time, he's rearing his ugly head again and doing his best to rock the boat – his OWN boat, for goodness' sake.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 10:29am
It was even worse with Leonardo – again Berlusconi had to get involved, criticising the coach publicly and privately, demonstrating that trademark elegance and tact everyone has come to expect. And to his credit, Leo was a class act about it right until the very end.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 10:26am
The main problem with Max is his selection. For example 1) consistently playing Boateng is the trident when the lad plays better in the midfield. 2) Not starting the game off with Pazzini but with Niang. 3) Constant over De sciglio. Yes and adding to my 1st and 3rd points Allegri like to play players outta position and when it is clear that it isn't working he is TOO stubborn to scrap his experiments. I am am totally against the Seedorf move but another season of experiements Goodnes NO.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 10:25am

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