The Milan CEO will bring to an end a love affair with the Italian giants that has lasted 27 years in the coming days after an extended period of speculation regarding his future at San Siro.
Director Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of owner Silvio Berlusconi, has led the charge in recent months towards a revolution at the club after declining financial health and results on the pitch over the last two seasons.
‘Lady B’ had previously publicly questioned Galliani’s viability as the famed outfit’s transfer guru and Vice-President going forward, with earlier promises to usher in a new era of a policy focused on youth not having fully come to fruition as the Rossoneri have struggled to compete at the level expected of them.
Milan sit a dismal thirteenth on the Serie A table heading into the weekend, at which time they face a trip to Sicily to take on Catania, though still have good prospects of progressing to the knockout rounds of the Champions League, a task that can be accomplished with a win or draw against Ajax on December 11 in Amsterdam.
And Galliani, having seen his standing at the club challenged and not wishing to remain with the Diavolo in such an environment, has seen fit to end his tenure with Milan.
“I will resign with good reason in a few days,” he told Ansa news agency.
“Maybe I will wait until after the game against Ajax.
“My reputation has been damaged and I will go with or without a severance package. A generational change is fine, I understand that, but not like this. A bit more elegance was needed.
“My future? I will firstly let off some steam. I’ll take a bit of time and then I’ll see. But my affection for Silvio Berlusconi is immutable.”
The announcement, despite rumours abounding for some time that Galliani would soon depart under pressure from the younger Berlusconi, has sent shockwaves through Milan and Italian football as a whole.
After coming to San Siro in 1986 following Silvio Berlusconi’s purchasing of the club as it teetered on the brink of bankruptcy, Galliani oversaw the most successful period in Milan’s history as they won 28 trophies in his 27 years of service.
Galliani was the mastermind behind bringing uncountable champions to the club, possessing a massive contact book and a particular touch for securing delicate deals against the odds.
Where the 69-year-old seemingly no longer fit into the Milan plan was in a new era of more measured business, one in which Milan no longer possess the financial clout to outdo their rivals on the transfer market and instead are looking to an approach centred around youth development.
It is with this aim to target younger, more inexpensive talents that Barbara Berlusconi is prepared to turn away from a man that has played an integral role in building Milan’s stature in football, with her first choice to replace Galliani thought to be legendary defender Paolo Maldini.
Certainly the desired revolution is under way at San Siro as an era has come to an end with Galliani’s announcement, with Berlusconi looking to move quickly to revamp the management structure in order for the Rossoneri to salvage a season that has been an utter disappointment to date.
Whether success is on the cards with the changes made in the Italian fashion capital remains to be seen, but times are most definitely changing as the realities of the modern football landscape have caught up with a club famous by nature, yet in need of an injection of new life.
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