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Monday January 26 2015
Mexes madness sadly symbolic

Philippe Mexes’ actions are representative of a Milan spiralling out of control, writes Sam Lewis, with the Rossoneri perhaps already looking for a new Coach.

Perhaps the saddest thing about Philippe Mexes’ choke-slam attempt on Stefano Mauri in the dying minutes of Milan’s game against Lazio was that it probably wasn’t the most disappointing part of the game.

The match-up against the capital club and alleged rival for European places was billed as an important one, a fixture that could already be permanently detrimental to Pippo Inzaghi’s future as Rossonero Coach.

If Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani were looking to the game for evidence of how committed the Diavolo’s threadbare squad is to Inzaghi then there were few examples.

Barring the lead taken after four minutes, Lazio dominated a team that has seemingly adopted apathy as its primary footballing style. Struggling to keep possession, threaten the Aquile goal or even look like a squad that had met each other prior to the game was a frustratingly difficult job for the 11 men sent out Saturday night.

As for Mexes, who is the highest paid player on the Milan squad, his actions speak of either a larger disciplinary issue within the Rossoneri’s squad or further evidence of the team’s decline that the temperamental Frenchman can claim such a large financial compensation for his unique interpretation of how a footballer should act. I’m guessing Inzaghi should take Wrestlemania out of the video room.

Gazzetta dello Sport’s rating of a ‘3’ came with a warning to watching children: “You have to behave exactly the opposite.” The result and subsequent suspension should keep Mexes away from a football match for at least a month – although it is worth wondering what Coach he will return for in that time.

If Inzaghi’s role was on thin ice prior to kick-off, those shards are now cracking with increasing frequency. Reports claiming alternatives including Luciano Spalletti, Vincenzo Montella, Cesare Prandelli as well as the caretaking hand of Mauro Tassotti are being considered. It raises the question however, why weren’t these names – barring Tassotti – approached in the summer before Inzaghi was announced as Coach? It was always going to be a risk replacing a struggling beginner on the bench with another and if the Rossoneri board had no plan to be patient behind their newest amateur then why bother in the first place?

Budget restraints with regard to both player acquisition and the contract of any new tactician restricted the offers that could be made, but the idea that Inzaghi would be ready - much more than Clarence Seedorf - because he coached youth team football was clearly a fallacy. The 41-year-old will inevitably improve with experience, but it’s now likely that experience won’t be coming from the team he’d originally hoped to save.

With the addition of a new Coach in the coming weeks, Milan will once again be hoping a new managerial appointment will finally turn a struggling team into the contender the sagging wage bill would indicate. Although that line of thinking has been flawed since Carlo Ancelotti’s departure in 2009, few would expect it to change at this venture. Perhaps somewhat like Philippe Mexes, the Rossoneri may find themselves be grasping at something entirely inappropriate.

Have your say...
I don't now how anyone else feels about Milan's issues but mine start with the uniform's that have been terribly designed for the past 10 years. If anyone thinks this year is bad, go check out the new one for next year. Probably the worst design in history. Does anyone know how to go about boycotting the uniform design to Adidas. Adidas took over Juventus and destroyed theres also for next year.
on the 1st February, 2015 at 5:58pm
No idea what Bocchetti has been like since his move to Russia but I agree was good before that. Can play left back too. Munoz is a young player with lots of potential, and antonelli is a solid full back (if prone to the odd defensive mistake). Hopefully this means the getting rid of the likes of zaccardo, mexes, amero etc...
on the 28th January, 2015 at 12:24pm
Well it seems defenders are like buses. You're waiting for ages and then 3 come along at once: Bocchetti, Munoz and possibly Antonelli (former youth team player for Milan who we now need to spend money on to bring back). Well it's a start. I like Bocchetti before he went to Russia but can't say I followed him since. Antonelli shouldn't have left Milan in the first place and we need a left back. So I presume we're selling some players? What's the maximum sized squad allowed in Serie A?
on the 27th January, 2015 at 11:35pm
@Anonymous

You spit your venom on every post about milans utterly bad performances yet you're to much of a coward to use a simple signature what a sad person.
on the 27th January, 2015 at 9:50pm
@Maldini's Heir I agree completely. And we keep giving players like mexes new, lucrative contracts. Madness. The wage bill is bloated by players like this, and others not at the club as you say (apparently Milan are paying Torres' wages whilst atletico pays Cerci...). This has been going on for years and needs to change!!
on the 27th January, 2015 at 3:13pm
I think the curva sud summed it up in their statement there is little else to say, i would point at that galliani as a sporting director is best at picking up established players for a relativity low fee and he hasn't been given the budget to achieve this.

As for mexes i don't think it would bother so many people if he wasn't milan joint highest earner, that is unfortunately a shameful reality. He still offers valve milan just needs to get better terms such as a 1 million deal for 1 year.
on the 27th January, 2015 at 7:48am
Fire Galliani.
Send Inzaghi back to coach the primavera.
Try to bring in Montella, Spalletti, Laudrup or Jurgen Klopp. Or any other half-decent, half-proven at the top level coach.

Try to hire the general manager or subordinates to the GM at any of the major success-story clubs from the past 5 years like Bayern/Dortmund/Chelsea/Athletico.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
on the 26th January, 2015 at 11:43pm
I think the wage bill has to be looked at closer. Mexes is our highest paid player which is one reason why we can't get rid of him. He won't take a pay cut! The first team squad has 27 players (soon to be 28) but we have at least another 27 players on loan including the likes of Nocerino, Brsa, Matri, yes Robinho and Didac Vila (whose been at the club for 3 years and played ONE game). So I presume we're still paying lots of these players wages. We're actually helping to fund our competitors!
on the 26th January, 2015 at 11:32pm
The funny thing about Mexes is that every Milan manager has tried to get rid of him. His season always goes in a similar fashion. Frozen out at the start only to come into the side due to injury/incompetence of others and then he gets banned. And he just won't leave. Apparently he's eyeing up another lucrative contract.

In other news looks we're signing another striker in Destro. Yes keep up. I think the Curva Sud said it better than I could
on the 26th January, 2015 at 11:18pm
I have said it a million times. It doesn't matter who you put on that bench this team is beyond help, we have no transition as the minute a player shows promise we sell them! No real manager will take on a project that they ultimately don't get any say in, Ancelotti, lippi or anyone will demand investment where as seedorf, inzaghi and any other new/fresh manager will allow the board to control more than they should. The greed of berlusconi is the downfall of the very team he once made great!
on the 26th January, 2015 at 9:55pm
... To be blunt, they are old, done men. Their attitudes are antiquated, and all they are capable of now is further wrecking the club to which they helped bring such illustrious success in previous decades. Milan will never stand a chance of rising again until both of them are gone.
on the 26th January, 2015 at 8:26pm
Montella, Prandelli, Spalletti and Tassotti are not the answers – at least not the one Berlusconi is thinking of. No doubt he will next demand Shevchenko as coach. Or perhaps Nesta. What is George Weah doing these days?

As somebody else has recently declared, the incompetence in the club's management is breathtaking. We knew we would be in this position before Inzaghi's appointment even started. It has come as no surprise to anyone except Galliani and Berlusconi...
on the 26th January, 2015 at 8:23pm
Keep it up Milan as I am loving every minute of this season for you! 
on the 26th January, 2015 at 6:04pm
Honestly, their midfield looks more vibrant when Honda is playing and also when DeJong is in they are more steadfast and less leaky. Everyone complain about Milan Mgmt and its true they are part of the problem but this last match was Pippo's and the player's fault. Besides Mexes and Muntari who was even only a second half sub, those players had enough quality that they should have done much better. No one to blame on this one really other then the players and the coach.
on the 26th January, 2015 at 5:23pm
It's hard to watch Milan play like this. And it's hard to accept that Berlusconi and Galliani will once again try to repair the damage by simply changing the coach. Milan needs more, new stadium, new transfer policy, new centre-backs, new long-term ideas for improving the club...
on the 26th January, 2015 at 3:35pm
Milan's mix of novice coach and poor quality squad is suicide. They need a steady hand to see them through the transition (if there is a transition - but, to what?). I think Spalletti and Prandelli offer good experience and a football style consistent with the club. Milan are lacking in all departments, there's only so much a coach can do. No top strikers, mostly average midfield and sleepwalking disasters in defence. Maybe Jesus Christ himself could take over as caretaker for a CL run?
on the 26th January, 2015 at 3:14pm

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