Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that he will stand down as manager of AC Milan at the end of the current campaign. Should the Swansea City boss be on their radar?
The Milan boss has been under-fire over the past 18 months for a succession of disappointing displays yet has always received the backing of his directors of football.
Milan, despite progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League, have been diabolical in Serie A this campaign and for their high standards it’s not acceptable. The Serie A giants will most likely miss out on a European place altogether come the end of the season and the recent defeat to city rivals Inter topped a terrible first few months of the 2013/14 campaign.
The Rossoneri find themselves in 13th position, a whopping 30 points off leaders Juventus, 17 points off 3rd place Napoli and only 5 points clear of the relegation places. Had Milan failed to qualify for the next phase of the Champions League, there would have been an almighty reason not to sack their coach now.
However, luckily for Allegri, Milan did manage to scrape through ahead of 3rd placed Ajax in Europe due to a 0-0 home draw in the crunch game at the San Siro, and will now go on to face Atletico Madrid in the next round.
Manager Massimiliano Allegri has vowed not to quit during the current campaign, but according to Italian press, will leave his duties next summer after four years in charge, informing chief executive Adriano Galliani of his decsision
"I spoke to Galliani prior to Christmas about the decision to leave the club in June,"
"We're professional and we have to work well to the end of the contract. I've had four years here and I thank (club) president Berlusconi, Adriano Galliani and the club for having given me the chance to lead an important team."
"Nothing will change my decision,"
"The club will find the right person to take my place, someone worthy of the club. Seedorf is a very intelligent player...Coaching is a different trade but I know the club will choose someone able to get the results that they expect."
Who Milan choose to lead them in the future remains a mystery, however one man who has playing experience in Italy and had been linked to city rivals Inter Milan whilst they were manager-less is Swansea City’s Danish manager Michael Laudrup.
The Swansea City manager was a star player at Juventus in the eighties and was linked with a move to Inter Milan in the summer before the Nerazzurri opted for Walter Mazzarri. With Milan currently out of sorts, a new manager will be given time and patience to turn the side around.
Michael Laudrup is a specialist at finding gems at a cheap price, and the Dane also favours a slick passing brand of football that would be suited to the Italian game.
The former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder would be the perfect long-term solution for Milan, to blood promising youngsters and attract intelligent, creative players from La Liga to first stabilise the club and then to return the Rossoneri to their rightful place, challenging on all fronts.
Who should Milan appoint to succeed Allegri? Could Laudrup be an option?
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