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Berlusconi considering Allegri axe

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi is furious with the club's poor form and is close to firing coach Massimiliano Allegri.

AC Milan boss Max Allegri may be living on borrowed time as La Gazzetta dello Sport insists club President Silvio Berlusconi is weighing up options to replace him.

The Rossoneri have performed fairly well in the Champions League but their league form has been poor and last weekend's 3-2 defeat at Parma has left them rooted in mid-table and trailing Serie A leaders Roma by a massive 16 points.

AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani staunchly defended Allegri in the press after the Parma game, pointing the finger instead at referee Paolo Valeri and emphasising the fact that Marco Parolo took the winning free-kick from eight yards closer than the foul was committed.

But La Gazzetta dello Sport believes that Berlusconi has been less forgiving of the under-fire tactician and wasn't happy with the way he managed the team during the game.

The Italian newspaper doesn't suggest that Allegri will be fired immediately but says that games against Lazio, Fiorentina and Barcelona will prove crucial.

The main names that have been circulated in recent weeks as possible replacements for Allegri are both former AC Milan players: Pippo Inzaghi and Clarence Seedorf.

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