Sunday January 19 2014
The Seedorf Effect

Clarence Seedorf promises enthusiasm and Susy Campanale hopes he can replicate Sinisa Mihajlovic’s effect on Sampdoria.

Serie A really is the graveyard of tacticians, a League where the Coach is considered to be a commodity who can be scrapped and replaced at the first sign of trouble, so the recent spate of sackings shouldn’t surprise anyone. These clubs believe the simple act of changing the manager will be enough to revive a squad, often regardless of who is actually coming in. Clarence Seedorf has no experience as a tactician and indeed was still playing until a few days ago when the call from Milan arrived. They had finally run out of patience with Massimiliano Allegri, who in turn was fed up of being a lame duck Coach just waiting for the Dutchman to replace him. Top to bottom, nobody at Milan particularly cared how this season went and the apathy showed.

“Seedorf will shake up the team,” explained joint-CEO Adriano Galliani. Is that all it takes now to lead one of the biggest clubs in Italy? Some see novelty as being enough or, as in the case of Catania, going from old to new and back to old again. Rolando Maran’s strange dance with Gigi De Canio felt like the equivalent of turning a computer off and on again, just to see if it might do something. Likewise, Livorno and Bologna continue to look utterly deflated even under new management.

“I want to work and transmit some of my enthusiasm, which I think is fundamental for players,” said Seedorf in his presentation Press conference. “These were also my first words, to rediscover the enthusiasm, joy and fun in playing football, training and doing this job.” Allegri was never the most exuberant figure, but then that never stopped Sir Alex Ferguson from winning everything while maintaining a resolutely grumpy demeanour.

The reason clubs run to shake up the side with a change of management is that it often works. Players suddenly realise they have to impress a new boss and raise their game, while the old favourites are no longer guaranteed a place in the starting XI. I expect Milan will probably beat Verona this evening, mainly because if they don’t manage it with Luca Toni injured and Jorginho sold to Napoli then they never will. A burst of enthusiasm and positive nervous energy can be beneficial, but it tends to be only a short-term solution.

Milan will be hoping Seedorf can follow in the footsteps of Sinisa Mihajlovic, his Sampdoria teammate in 1995-96. Samp are a world away from the apathetic team that started the season under Delio Rossi, as they took an attacking approach at the Juventus Stadium and above all refused to give up. I’ve seen the Blucerchiati play several times this term and it’s difficult to believe it’s the same basic squad. Mihajlovic has certainly brought enthusiasm and passion to the Marassi side, but more importantly this effect is continuing over weeks and months. Can that be achieved with a team of star names the same way as at relegation-threatened Samp?

If Seedorf can give the Rossoneri even a fraction of that attitude brought in by Sinisa, then hiring him will have turned their season around. If he doesn’t, then Milan risk total collapse and Silvio Berlusconi must answer for it.

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Have your say...
@maldinis heir

I agree that's he's more of a winger but player evolve. I've seen him do great games and I've seen him so horrible games. I like abate more but I've seen better development in urby last 2 month then few other players in Milan but yes last game he lost a lot of possesion in dangerous positions. Main thing right now is to start play rami and completely shaun bonera.
on the 21st January, 2014 at 12:54pm
Good point there- Poli, Muntari, Saponara, Dejong, cristante, all basically are def midfielders played by Allegri all the time and MIlan still conceded goals all the time!!! They show more energy at least in the last game. Going with the attack minded lineup is their best option but please do add at least 2 world class defenders and maybe 2 additional wingers. Also Balotelli needs to play more direct and shoot the damn ball... same with kaka and Honda.. sometimes they passed too much.
on the 21st January, 2014 at 5:24am
@ Viktor but he's not a defender so he shouldn't go anywhere near defence. This might have something that's a bit close to home but I am sick of the full back position being devalued and managers (not just at Milan) thinking that you can stick any old winger into full back. Full backs are primarily defenders. They should be able to defend. Last night Emanuelson was caught out so many times down the left. Romulo had so much space. Imagine what a better player would do?
on the 20th January, 2014 at 9:24pm
@Madlini's Heir

You dont thin urby has potential to become better? I se qualities in him, a lot more in attack then def but I still think he can grow. He's run for kakas goal last week was great.
on the 20th January, 2014 at 6:13pm
Decent start. They played with a bit more swagger than under Allegri and it was good to see players actually change positions which almost never happened in the static formations of Allegri. Bonera starting was concerning.Luckily he got injured and was replaced with another world class centre back in Silvestre. Against better teams espcially Atletico Madrid we'll be completely exposed down the left.Emanuelson and Robinho is a terrible combination defensively and don't really offer much in attack
on the 20th January, 2014 at 9:50am

And you should focus on your own team (if you have one) and let the Milan fans speak their mind. Once again, no one cares about your input.

I find it pretty common that played who doesn't do well for Milan and have potential do great elsewhere, we've had quite a few of those during the last 30 years I've watched
on the 19th January, 2014 at 10:06pm
There are plenty examples on both sides of the argument so making a case about Clarence not having managerial experience is useless. It's like singling out your neighbor that smoked all his life and doesn't have lung cancer at age 90. Doesn't prove anything.

"He loved to talk and guide the others on the field, so he had the profile of a Coach even when he was playing."
I completely agree with Ricky here. I never saw a player consult with coaches as much as him and they seemed to listen.
on the 19th January, 2014 at 9:07pm
DON'T sign Parolo or any other midfielders/forwards and, for the love of everything you hold dear, STOP PLAYING BONERA. How Allegri didn't pull him by halftime against Sassuolo is completely beyond me, and I'm shocked to see him in the starting lineup again today...where is Rami? Or even Mexes?
on the 19th January, 2014 at 8:50pm
@ Viktoria

Ironically, you should laugh about yourself and your team instead.
on the 19th January, 2014 at 8:40pm

I completely agree with you as I have been saying the same thing about Allegri's lack of tactical strategies. What's SAF by the way ?
on the 19th January, 2014 at 8:38pm
Laughed about matri doing a stellar performance.
on the 19th January, 2014 at 5:56pm
Happy to see Matri happy. Go for La Nazionale and free us from the stupid Osvaldo.
on the 19th January, 2014 at 5:14pm
Ha ha ha ha Matri's scored 2 goals on his debut for Fiorentina! Wow how things must have changed in a week. It does also strike me as a little odd that we like to help out our competitors. Aren't Fiorentina supposed to be competing with us for European spot (of course not in the league we're terrible but maybe in the cup)? It reminds of the time Galliani kindly offerred Juventus Abbiati in the 2006 season. He's good that way.
on the 19th January, 2014 at 2:49pm
I like your material but this was a comical. Allegri's problem was never the team he had. This might not sit well with many but I honestly think the goals set for him was fair considering the team he had. No one expected him to beat Juve for the scudetto. Neither is his 'grumpy' attitude the problem even though the SAF comparison was funny. The problem with Allegri is purely tactical. If you chooses to play with three DM's and give every opposition the initiative, you don't belong in Milan
on the 19th January, 2014 at 2:21pm
Lucky I got cut off there. And still no centre back or left back and Seedorf's first priority was to secure a contract for Emanuelson (who can't defend). And a tip for Seedorf. I like the sound 4-2-3-1 but if you're going to play that formation you need a defence which incldues full backs who are actual defenders. Otherwise if I'm the other manager I'm just telling my players to play the ball between that massive gap between the full back and centre which has been there at Milan for about 3 year
on the 19th January, 2014 at 12:56pm
We're now linked with Marco Parolo. Decent enough player but we already have 6 central midfielders and Seedorf wants to play 4 - TWO - 3 - 1. So why do we need another midfielder? Even if we sell Nocerino how are we going to play De Jong - Monty - Poli - Cristante - Muntari - Marco Parolo??? So its another pointless signing. And we're giving up Vergara (who apparently is a bigger risk than either Mexes or Bonera) and Saponara (who is the victim of Honda and our inability to convince Robinho to..
on the 19th January, 2014 at 12:54pm
In fairness to Serie A the Premier League is just as bad for changing managers. There's no way Allegri would have lasted as long at some Premiership clubs. Changing the manager was the right thing to do because the manager's tactics were awful. They actually cost us games while at time showed nothing in attack. Seedorf is not likely to be the answer though. Equally at Milan it is the entire structure that needs changing. I just want the transfer window to end so Galliant can stop causing damage.
on the 19th January, 2014 at 12:50pm
You cant sugar coat poo!
No1 can make this team work its a mish-mash of egos, overated players.
We might win today we might even win the next game but in a few weeks wel be in the same mess we are in now. I
on the 19th January, 2014 at 11:33am

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