Tuesday March 10 2015
Milan’s malaise

Milan appear to be going in a different direction as Filippo Inzaghi’s future becomes more and more uncertain, writes Sam Lewis.

Milanello has once again enveloped into ground hog day. While under-fire coach FIlippo Inzaghi decides whether to play Alessio Cerci or Keisuke Honda, 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 it appears that Adriano Galliani and Silvio Berlusconi are deciding whether to sack the former striker now or at the end of the week.

Inzaghi’s struggling Rossoneri meet Fiorentina this weekend in a rather appropriate match-up; Viola coach Vincenzo Montella has been heavily rumoured as the first-choice replacement for Pippo when the maligned manager inevitably gets the sack. That the rookie Coach’s stint at the Diavolo could be ended directly at the hands of a potential successor is sadly fitting.

Fiorentina also represent much of what Milan had hoped this season would be – Montella’s side competing for a Champions League position while playing vibrant, attack-minded football. That Montella has genuine midfielders to call up rather than the rag-tag bunch Inzaghi watches train weekly is apparently irrelevant.

Meanwhile, Antonio Conte has denied rumours that it will be him who takes charge of Milan next season, the vitriol in which the former Juventus man dismissed the links is rather chastising for Milanisti.

Whoever is in charge of Milan next season – or next week for that matter – it appears almost certain that it won’t be Inzaghi. The first-time Coach has looked out of his depth, displaying that all the goodwill and popularity in the world can’t save you if it’s clear you’re not cut-out for the job, at least not yet.

Inzaghi’s effort cannot be questioned, but his tactical decisions have been baffling and the same can be said of some of his team selections. An appreciation for having options on the bench is one thing, but dropping Alessio Cerci and Mattia Destro without a better option available is futile. The choice of formation, a 4-4-2/4-3-3 depending on Inzaghi’s muse doesn’t offer the consistency needed to improve Milan’s fortunes, something badly needed in a side so fractured from consistent chopping and changing enforced by Adriano Galliani’s loans and swaps.

Despite the arrivals of Salvatore Bocchetti and Gabriel Palletta, the defence has maintained its comedic level of incompetence, a continuing problem from Massimiliano Allegri’s days at Milan as the fallout from losing Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva sent ripples through the squad.

What Milan need is an experienced hand, a Coach able to win a locker room over, break the run of apathetic performances and inspire some cohesion out of the dazed Diavolo. Replacing a rookie coach with another one while stripping the side of all continuity doesn’t leave much room for continual progress, displaying the futility of any “plan” the club seems to have.

Antonio Conte would be the ideal choice, a man who would take the Full Metal Jacket approach and shout at the Milan players until they improved – but his Azzurri commitments make a marriage seem unlikely. Montella has been discussed but is in a nurturing position in Florence - leaving Tuscany for the situation at Milan would be unwise for the former Roma man.

Meanwhile, Christian Brocchi – another rookie, is nervously waiting for his phone to ring.

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Have your say...

Just out of curiosity, where do you get 250 m quids worth of players?? There is 4 teams in the world who can afford buying that and its def not milan.

Baby steps, and besides they have at least 6-7 players worth saving.

I'd MUCH rather build arena and go slow and bring up youth and give them a chance then spend it on 250m when we already have quite a few good ones.

De scgilio, ses, abate, destro, mastour, niang(who i hope we keep), de jong(who i hope but we won't keep), menez etc
on the 16th March, 2015 at 12:29am
@Forza Diavolo

I guess thiago silva had and the legends who retired the same year had some too do with that scudetto win as well wouldn't you say...
on the 15th March, 2015 at 1:48am
Bielsa, Klopp, AVB, Hiddink, Pochettino, Montella. Any of those would be a good fit, play an attacking style of football and have relative experience. I'd also say they need about £250 million worth of players but that's another story
on the 15th March, 2015 at 12:27am

Problem is, Milan squad is not as half as weak as the performance has proven. They should sit a lot better at the table based on players they have, its internal and bad coaching. As much I love pipo he;s coaching abilities seems to be not sufficient.
on the 14th March, 2015 at 10:47pm
And there in lies the crux of Milan's problems. Milan or Galliani can't scout talent. When Berlusconi was willing to pay the market value for top talent Galliani had no problems. Those days are gone and they seem to be the only 2 fools who are in denial about it.
on the 13th March, 2015 at 7:37pm
I use to love Italian football and Milan used to be a class club. It's a shame they've put club legends like Seedorf and Inzaghi through this, Seedorf especially was treated appallingly. I can understand they wanted the money but selling Tiago Silva and Ibrahimovic was the death knell for for the club. Surely players like that pay for themselves with their marketability and talent. Ibrahimovic pretty much singlehandedly won the league for Milan.
on the 13th March, 2015 at 10:50am
How bout Jurgen Klopp? With such a weak squad Milan would need an experienced couch like him to get the best out of the team.
on the 12th March, 2015 at 11:40pm
Good pm to you all. It good to see reactions like this cos it shows your love for Milan. The challenge Milan is going through initially started from the top (Berlusconi) and it got to the whole body, the only way out of this is investment with knowledge. Putting in money to the right place and bringing the right materials we need.
on the 12th March, 2015 at 7:39pm
The milan problem in the first place is management.
Berlusconi must sell the club.
on the 12th March, 2015 at 1:32am
Next year the same discussion will be taking place but with a different manager at the helm. Milan's problem isn't sitting on the bench.
on the 10th March, 2015 at 11:45pm
This article hits the nail on the head. Why does Milan continue to put recently-retired players on the bench? What is needed is a seasoned, veteran coach. Seedorf, Inzaghi and Brocchi should be earning their coaching stripes in the provinces, not stumbling at a top-tier club as their first go-round.

Oh, yes, and the lack of decent players is an issue, of course.
on the 10th March, 2015 at 11:23pm
And before everyone jumps on me, Donadoni reflects where Milan are now not where I would want them to be in the future. There's no point going for a world class manager. No world class manager would want to come to Milan in their current state and we need somebody who will dig us out of hole rather than set the world alight
on the 10th March, 2015 at 11:22pm
I think it's all been said. The people who hired Inzaghi and Seedorf before him must take responsible and resign. This situation has gone exactly as everyone predicted (ok I gave him until Christmas). Right now Milan need a fixer. Someone who can make do with very little. I'm thinking Donadoni who has performed admirably at Parma over performing last season and saving face this. Surely Milan even in their current state are in a better shape than Parma!
on the 10th March, 2015 at 11:18pm
All I want to see is courage from our coach.I had a bad feeling when Pippo didnt fight the sale of Cristatne.Not playing Niang,Saponara,Albertazzi showed a lack of courage as well.Misconduct isnt being punished.Underperforming players are not being benched.For me,only Lopez,De Sciglio(despite form dip),De Jong, are Milan material.The rest can all be outperformed by Primavera players.
on the 10th March, 2015 at 9:03pm
honestly don't know why Milan doesn't just go for someone with experience like Lazio did with Pioli. Seedorf to Inzaghi to potentially Brocchi? (because we know nobody like Montella would consider Milan based on how its currently being run). Mazzarri maybe?
on the 10th March, 2015 at 6:43pm
The fact that they are talking about firing Inzaghi now should be enough to tell you that this team has been and is still being mismanaged. "Any" future decisions this team makes is questionable.
on the 10th March, 2015 at 6:21pm
If we sack pippo and get Christian Brocchi Im seriously considering taking a break from watching my team that I have watched religiously for +25 years.

It's not about the sacking of pipo it's of the utter lack of faith to commit to something thats sustainable and potentially could take us back eventually to CL and the top racket. Let's be honest, the current squad should be doing a lot better then they are.

Why in HELL would we bring in Christian Brocchi
on the 10th March, 2015 at 4:47pm
The draw against Verona is all on Inzaghi. The tactical formations are unacceptable. Sitting back for 45 minutes instead of killing off the game doesn't help either. Time to fire him. Milan need to get a coach like DiFrancesco and give him the tools he needs and call it a day.
on the 10th March, 2015 at 1:43pm

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