Thursday December 31 2015
Donadoni: 'My Milan dream'

Bologna Coach Roberto Donadoni admits it is his “dream” to one day take charge of Milan.

The tactician was surprisingly snubbed for the role this summer when a free agent following the bankruptcy of Parma and has turned Bologna’s season around since replacing Delio Rossi.

“Our path is still difficult and January will be particularly tough with the distractions of the transfer window and unmotivated ideas about where we could end up. Our only objective is to secure safety, the rest is idle chatter,” Donadoni told the Corriere dello Sport.

“When a Coach arrives mid-season, it means the team is struggling. I simply gave everyone the enthusiasm and desire to do what I like to do. Enthusiasm can become contagious.”

Donadoni spent most of his playing career at Milan and admits a return to San Siro would be a dream.

“Clearly I too have the ambition of one day being Coach of a big club. Even to this day it’s a special feeling to walk out at San Siro and receive the tributes from the Rossoneri fans. It gives me goosebumps. This repays me for so many hurtful moments.

“I did speak to (President Silvio Berlusconi) on the phone a few months ago. It was a nice chat, we remembered the golden years of our Milan.

“In all honesty, I have no idea what’s going on at Milan, but there are questions everyone there has to ask themselves. You need to have what it takes to work in a constructive and fair manner, with the courage and capacity to change. We cannot stay static over the years.

“I’ve been doing this work for a few years now, but immediately realised you need to move with the flow and adjust to new situations.”

Donadoni famously stayed at Parma despite their bankruptcy and helped pay to keep the team going until the end of the season.

It wasn’t his first act of generosity, as he also paid for the use of training grounds at Lecco in Lega Pro.

“I tried to do my job as best I could. Football has given me so much and I try when possible to give some back to others in the sport.”

Antonio Cassano was one of the players who terminated his contract with Parma and walked away, smashing yet another good rapport.

“I think we all know what his personality is like. Everything that happened can be reduced to superfluous issues. Everyone has the right to choose what he’ll be like in life.”

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