Seedorf Arrives For Milan Tomorrow

seedorfAC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was fired on Monday following a series of dismal results for the seven-time European champions.

Italian media said Milan, languishing 11th in Serie A, were poised to gamble on their former midfielder Clarence Seedorf as his replacement even though the Dutchman has no previous coaching experience.

Reports said Seedorf, currently playing for Brazilian club Botafogo, would arrive in Italy on Thursday although the player himself told the newspaper he did not want to comment.

“AC Milan wish to communicate that Massimiliano Allegri and his staff have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect,” the Serie A club said in a statement as they confirmed Allegri’s downfall.

“AC Milan would like to thank Mr Allegri and his staff for their time with the club and wish them the best for the future. Coach Mauro Tassotti will take charge of the team in the meantime.”

Allegri was dismissed less than 24 hours after his team squandered a two-goal lead to lose 4-3 at promoted Sassuolo, conceding four times in just over half an hour.

The defeat left Milan with 22 points from 19 games, 20 adrift of Napoli who occupy the Champions League playoff spot in third position.

Milan have won only five league games all season.

Allegri said he thanked “the owners and the club for the three-and-a-half seasons on the red and black bench. It has been a gratifying professional experience, with significant successes,” he told the ANSA news agency.

Chief executive Adriano Galliani said he was sorry to see Allegri go.

“I feel very sorry for Allegri, especially for the way the situation developed on a human level, but that’s football.”

Milan are, however, the only Italian survivors in this season’s Champions League and face Atletico Madrid in the last 16 next month. – Eurosport

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