Former Milan star Ruud Gullit has said that Rossoneri fans are too used to success and must support Pippo Inzaghi in his rebuilding of the club.
The Diavolo take on Inter in the Derby della Madonnina this weekend with both clubs stranded in mid-table, but Gullit thinks trusting in Inzaghi is the way forward.
“Pippo is young, he must learn - But Milan don’t have the champions Juventus have,” he said to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“You have to give him time because he can make people see the fruits of his ideas. The Milan fans are used to too much success, they are spoilt.”
The Dutchman also stated his belief that his compatriot Clarence Seedorf was unfairly judged during his spell as Coach of the Rossoneri and that Adriano Galliani is key to the club’s operations.
“Seedorf was doing well, but he was in charge at a very strange period for Milan, when there was tension at the club and Galliani was almost excluded.
“Galliani knows everything that happens in the world of football and Milan need his experience. The problem is also that he has his hands tied – there isn’t any more money and the best players have been sold.”
Gullit responded positively to the ongoing rumours that a group of Chinese businessmen are in the process of buying Milan from Silvio Berlusconi.
“It could be a good thing. At the end of the day, why be shocked? Look at England – lots of teams are owned by foreigners.
“I still think though that Berlusconi will keep hold of the majority. Milan are finding a new path and it’s in the right direction. They will return to the top, you will see.
“The two cornerstones on which you can start rebuilding are youth and stadium ownership. San Siro is old and often half empty.
“It’s also a question of money – Milan are spending a lot on rent and have nothing left for themselves.
When questioned on a possible return to the club as Coach in the future, the 52-year-old refused to rule out the possibility while underlining his support for Inzaghi.
“I would be honoured to coach Milan. In saying that though, I don’t mean that I want to become the Coach of Milan.
“I want to reiterate that they must give Inzaghi the time to develop. It’s not enough just to buy another player as there isn’t one single thing that will make the difference. Milan must build a team.”
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