Manchester United is not the only massive European club to be falling apart this season. But things at United look calm compared what is going on at the San Siro where media reports suggest that AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf might not even survive the month.
According to Sport Mediaset, Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has been so unimpressed with the teams recent performances, that he may consider bringing in his third manager of the season.
Seedorf replaced Massimiliano Allegri earlier this year, but has failed to improve results, and he saw his side crash meekly out of the Champions League last week.
Mauro Tassotti is expected to take over until the end of the season, before Pippo Inzaghi is brought in from the youth team.
It is a total train wreck at the San Siro with fans and former players all talking about how this is the worst Milan side in over a decade. Milan fans demonstrated before, during and after the game at the weekend with much of their anger directed towards the club’s CEO Adriano Galliani and disgruntled player Mario Balotelli
Milan legend Paolo Maldini, who in 24 seasons with the club won a total of 26 major honours, cannot believe how far the club has fallen:
“Yes I watched the game, as well as the match with Atletico and nearly all of those of the past two years,” began Maldini to the Gazzetta dello Sport today.
“Inside me there is a mixture of anger and disappointment, not so much for the results, because they are the 10th or 11th to have arrived, but because the impression is that they have thrown away what was built with hard work over the previous 10 years.
“For me this is very bad. Milan have had the good fortune of having many winning cycles with similar synergies of men, I know how much work there was behind so many triumphs, what it took to build such a beautiful story. To see it all destroyed drives me crazy.”
The problems that Milan have go far beyond Clarence Seedorf. Firing the manager will not fix a squad that is unbalanced and lacking in quality. What Seedorf needs is time to clean out the Milan dressing room and bring in players that want to play for the club.
But that will not be easy, especially under Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations. Milan lost €40.1m during the 2012-13 season and have debts of €221.6m, third highest in Serie A. AC Milan owner and president Silvio Berlusconi cannot throw money at the problem, like he did in the past, which means that it will take time for Milan to regain their position as one of Europe’s elite clubs.