Sunday June 2 2013
Dear Max...

Tonight Massimiliano Allegri will learn his Milan fate, but Susy Campanale sends him one final warning.

Dear Max,

We’ve had fun together, winning the Scudetto in the first year, challenging to the end in the second and completing an incredible comeback to clinch a Champions League play-off spot despite half the squad departing simultaneously. Alright, so your European results were poor, but with this group of players at your disposal it’s not as if you could’ve done much better. I like you. This is why I’m giving you some advice: Run away.

Seriously, you have this perfect opportunity to get out of this madhouse and accept a job to rebuild Roma. Admittedly, that’s a bit of a crazytown too, but at least their owners have a little more patience and are offering a long-term contract. You’ll have talented players at your disposal, a beautiful city and a group of fans so utterly frustrated by recent failure that simply qualifying for the Europa League will be impressive. You will be given more freedom to make your own decisions without an overbearing President leaning over your shoulder at all times ready to take the credit for victory or publicly blame you for a defeat.

This evening you go to Arcore to meet face to face with President Silvio Berlusconi. After weeks of desperate mediating, Adriano Galliani has managed to smooth things over to the point where Don Silvio will deign to sit at the same table as you. He publicly humiliated you so many times, pulling out of meetings, claiming he dictated the change of tactics and giving scathing interviews. Do you really think that’s over and done with? Of course not.

Trust me, I’ve been a Milanista for almost 30 years and I know what Berlusconi is like. At the first hiccup, he will sack you. He’ll be on your case 24/7 just waiting for the moment he can swing the axe and paint himself as the great saviour again. Berlusca doesn’t like competition, as he wants to be the centre of attention and gratitude at all times. Galliani is the only one in the club hierarchy standing up for you and he also seems to be dropping down the food chain due to a power struggle with Barbara Berlusconi, so that’s another safety net disappearing. Remember that letter read out on Il Processo del Lunedi? I sincerely doubt the official story it was a fake. That sneering tone sounded exactly like Berlusconi to me.

Why does Berlusconi want Clarence Seedorf to take over as Coach when he’s patently unqualified? Because he wants the credit, of course! The President only hires a tactician to do the daily grind work and take the blame when something goes wrong, because he is so egotistical that he has to boast he ‘created’ the winning Milan manager. This is a man who actually said the Rossoneri should build a statue of him to place outside San Siro, or rename the stadium in his name.

When you sit down to dinner tonight, look Berlusconi in the face-lifted eyes and tell him you’re done with this. It might not be the best course of action for Milan, but it will be the best thing for you. Good luck.

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Have your say...
I would never fan a team run by Berlusconi. No matter how rossonero i would be. Football IS about politics too.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 3:43pm

He lost 50 % of he's starting eleven and still ended up top 3 where teams like fioretina, lazio, roma, juve, napoli were all playing good fotball. Allegri did well with what he had at hes disposal bare in mind he lost Thiago, Ibra, Pippo, Pirlo, Gattuso, Pato, Seedorf, Nesta. Berlosconi own the club, yes but having him intervening all the time about every single decsion is not a health releationship. Give Allegri some peace of mind and let him built this very promising young team.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 3:21pm
Agree with Jeffrey, if it wasn't for Berlusconi's eccentric ways, Milan wouldn't be able to boast 7 European titles. He's the overall boss and can choose who he hires and fires. Think about it, a team with Milan's great history had a rubbish year, hanging on until the last game to clinch 3rd, maybe he should have sacked Allegri earlier in the season.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 2:59pm
@Jeffrey I almost got a bit upset when i read your stupid post. Let me enlighten you. Berlosconi hasn't won anything. Clearly he's investments helped the team TONS but claiming he won stuff is just wrong. Currently hes more of an obstacle the an asset to Milan. He's not a coach and should let the coach do their job in peace. With hes constant moaning he only messes up the balance. This comes from someone who watched milan from the beginning of the 90s.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 2:37pm
Who can blame Berlusconi, really?

If I was in his shoes I would fire Max Allegri as well. No disrespect to what Max achieved with this Milan squad, but more a disrespect to his style of football.

Where's the tempo? Where's the magic? Where's the excitement? We're Milan, not some counterattacking mid table team. The sooner ACM can get a couch that understands that, the better it'll be for all of us fans in the end. I can't wait to start enjoying watching Milan again.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 2:36pm
If you had been an Italian football fan as long as I have you would know that susy has been a fan for obviously older than you are. That's not belittling you or your obvious love for Milan but Susy don't tell untruths.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 2:33pm
"Trust me, I’ve been a Milanista for almost 30 years"- that explains your constant read through the lines hate for Juventus. Forza Juve!!!
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 2:32pm
He is the best option (seemingly) to bring to Rome. Sure I would have like Guardiola, or SPALETTI, but from whose available the choice could be much worse. He did a fine job a Milan, but Berlusconi obviously wants more consistency (by that I clearly mean someone that will win the scudetto three years in a row). Allegri must leave for himself because he will undoubtedly be fired should they even site 4th or below anytime durng the year. Come to Roma, bring us back CL football and sign players
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 2:02pm
At least if Max leaves we won't have to see Bonera play again. I'm pretty sure the Allegri is the only manager in the world that would play him. I've never been a fan of Allegri as a manager. I'd have no issues with him leaving.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 1:50pm
I think that any coach needs the management, fans and players support to succeed... When you loose one of it, it becomes difficult to succeed... Escape Max
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 1:17pm
I really hope Allegri doesn't leave. Berlusconi is ridiculous. He can never leave the club alone, or its managers. I wanted Prandelli to replace Allegri next year, but I have a feeling Berlusconi wouldn't allow it. Prandelli is an intelligent, talented coach who wants control over his team. Berlusconi would never give up any power and so he would drive Prandelli out. Milan can never operate like a normal club.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 12:56pm
Its very true but there is special charm in being Milan coach, if Allegri stays and brings good results in the Champions league, he will have a huge leap in his coaching career.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 12:39pm
Berlusconi deserves all the credit for all he has done for Milan. The man has won the club 5 European Cups. His style has been the same. Anyone trying to belittle his management skills really cannot be a fan for 30 years.Milan fans hve to live with his style cuz he has won so much with this same style. Why do we only criticize his style when the club isn't winning. Pls enlighten us on this "power tussle" with Barbara Berlusconi. Wat are they tussling for?? Pls let's stop writing rumours as facts
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 12:35pm
Yes, I agree 75%. The other %25 wants Allegri to remain chained to our bench. Good Luck Max.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 12:34pm
Well said it is all truth
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 12:11pm
Nice article. I share the same thoughts too. And I feel max should just man up and walk away after all the disgrace and all...
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 11:32am
Hmmm, i doubt you are a milan fan for 30 years. As a milan fan i can say that Allegri gave away the scudetto to juventus in 2012, lost to tottenham in ch, lost to Barcelona 4-0 with a perfect result in the first leg. I respect Allegri as a coach but he is not great, maybe he is a good coach fo smaller teams.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 10:39am
It happened with Ancelotti, it happened with Leo, and now it's happening with Max. Any Milan manager succeeds in spite of Berlusconi, not because of him. He may not be a worse president than Zamparini, but he comes very, very close...
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 10:30am
Absolutely right, Suzy. As I said before, I would not blame Max for going to Roma, and in a way I'll be glad if he does – because at least there he might actually be appreciated, and after all the drama at the end of this season regarding his place at Milan, I don't doubt there's bound to be more friction at the start of next season if things don't go perfectly Milan's way.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 10:29am
Great piece Suzy! Although I would have to say that patience is even more of a premium at Roma. How many coaches have they gone through during the last 3 season?
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 10:23am
As a Milan fan this is hard to read, but at the same time it's is so right...He's been treated like a joke by Berlusconi and all credit of Milan's successes should go to his strict/disciplined structure he implements, especially when dealing with Big ego players.

If this is the end for Allegri I would just like to say "Thank you"
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 9:54am
Max.. i always support you.. please make a best decision...
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 9:52am
If I were to write a letter to Max, it would be the same :)
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 9:31am
Brilliant. You spoke my mind
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 9:29am

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