Pippo Inzaghi defended his time as Milan Coach and publicly asked President Silvio Berlusconi for another chance.
The 3-0 victory over Torino was probably his final game in charge at San Siro and he was sent off for dissent at half-time.
“Coaches can only do so much, it’s the players who make the difference and we saw that tonight. We’d been playing well for four games,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“It’s a huge regret that we are only now getting our players back to fitness and the season is ending.
“I have to say that the team was always right behind me and for a Coach making his Serie A debut like me that is something special.
“I have a contract. Until I am told otherwise, I will continue. If I am given time, I am convinced that I can take Milan back to where it was.
“It’s not easy to transform everything, but the squad has solid foundations to build on for next season.”
On Saturday President Berlusconi told reporters he was just waiting for Real Madrid to release Carlo Ancelotti so he could bring the Coach back to Milan.
“I did hear that, but nothing has been told to me other than to continue my work. I want to give a sense of consistency to the latest performances.
“If I’m given the chance to continue at Milan, then great, otherwise I will continue this profession elsewhere.
“I think for a Coach the most important thing is to have the players on your side. There have been more important and prestigious Coaches than me who struggled here. I can only hope and say that this is a fantastic profession.
“After the defeat to Udinese, where we were really just not there, the side reacted well and gave a strong response by working all together.
“We cannot think that one or two star names can change everything. We have to work as a team. It’s a shame the season is ending now, just as we were finding that unity.
“What can you say about Carlo Ancelotti? I talk to him regularly and he made history for Milan. If there is talk of replacing Ancelotti at Real Madrid after he won the Champions League, then obviously there will be talk of me getting replaced!
“I just hope that I can stay on because I have a lot more to give and these club colours are inside my heart.”
Inzaghi gave 19-year-old striker Alessandro Mastalli his Serie A debut this evening.
“I was moved, as Mastalli was my captain for the Allievi team, then the Primavera. He is the son every family would love to have.
“I had 25 players when I arrived for the Allievi and asked them all to write on a piece of paper who ought to be captain. Out of 25 bits of paper, 24 of them said Mastalli.
“He thanked me 15 times tonight, but the truth is he doesn’t need to thank me. He deserves this.”
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