According to Sky Sports and Tancredi Palmeri, former Dutch international Clarence Seedorf has been appointed as the new manager of AC Milan.
BREAKING NEWS: Seedorf is new Milan manager
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 14, 2014
Seedorf, who played for Milan for 10 years between 2002-2012 said that the offer to return to Milan was just too good to turn down.
“The sacking of Allegri was decisive in my decision making,” Seedorf told reporters. “Galliani called me just yesterday [Monday].
“I could not say no to Milan after spending 10 years with the Rossoneri.
“I want to travel to Milano today. If I don’t make it, then I will travel tomorrow.
“I like challenges, and coaching Milan will be another challenge in my career. I made the decision to join Milan today, but last night was a difficult night for me. But I’m sure I made the right choice.
“When I told my kids that I would be returning to Milan, they went all quiet. But they aren’t against it.
“I don’t know which formation I will use at Milan. I’ve played with seven of them, and that will help me.
“The contract I signed is for two and a half years. I’m delighted with the opportunity the club have given me and I’m very motivated to do well.”
Seedorf has reportedly signed a 2 1/2 year contract with Milan and it will be interesting to see what the expectations will be for him this season. Milan has a very difficult Champions League draw against Atletico Madrid and winning that tie would be considered a big upset.
Domestically Milan are 20 points behind Napoli for the final champions league spot for next season, a gap that they are unlikely to overcome.
A more attainable goal might be to catch city rivals Inter for fifth spot and a place in the Europa League next season. But with Milan’s financial situation and their high payroll, I am not sure if that will be good enough for Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi.