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AC Milan appoint Seedorf as new boss - Why they have made the right choice

Former Milan player Clarence Seedorf has been announced as the replacement to Massimiliano Allegri.

There didn't seem to be anyone else in the running, as soon as Allegri had been sacked by AC Milan, Clarence Seedorf was the front runner for the job.

It has been confirmed that the Dutchman will take over at the San Siro, and faces a huge challenge to try and resurrect their appalling campaign.

The 37-year-old had still been playing football in Brazil with Botafogo, but his contract has been mutually cancelled there to allow him to step into his first job in management. He couldn't have stepped into a harsher environment. Italian clubs are well known to fire managers on the back of a few bad results, and Seedorf won't be allowed too much of a honeymoon period. However he will know this all too well haven't spent a large part of his career in Italy.

Seedorf was a superb player, and a great leader on the pitch. He had a fantastic career, and picked up many trophies along the way. He is of course the first player to have won the Champions League with three different clubs (Ajax; 1995, Real Madrid; 1998, and AC Milan; 2003 and 2007). If his managerial career is half as successful as his playing days then he will be a happy man.

It is unclear as to who will make up the Dutchman's backroom staff but it is thought Filippo Inzaghi who is currently a youth coach at Milan could make the step up to first team coach. Having two club legends in charge of the club will bring excitement to the Milan fans who have had to endure a poor season. Despite having a great squad they currently sit in 11th place, an incredible 30 points behind the leaders Juventus. Safe to say the won't be winning the Scudetto this season. Perhaps qualifying for the Europa League would be the best they could hope for this season.

There weren't many other names linked with the AC Milan hotseat after Allegri's departure. Seedorf always seemed the likely choice, but could they have gone for a better option? Perhaps Andre Villas-Boas would have been interested but he said he wants some time out before returning to management. Due to their league position it was unlikely they could attract a name like Jurgen Klopp, or Laurent Blanc with their sides currently enjoying promising seasons on the domestic and European front. Therefore Seedorf was an ideal candidate, someone who would love to come back and already has a great passion for the club.

Clarence has been backed by former AC Milan players and managers. Thiago Silva said "If Seedorf arrives, he will do a great job because he's a great person and very serious - he will change the mentality of the players."

Carlo Ancelotti believes he can be a great manager, "He has the capacity and knowledge to do everything in the world of football. He is going to get experience in an atmosphere he knows very well." Ancelotti makes a good point that Seedorf already knows the club very well, so it shouldn't take him as long as others to settle in to the job. He already knows how things work there.

Seedorf is a welcome addition, and is a known as a nice guy who showed his perspective on the game as a BBC pundit for the 2010 World Cup. But don't nice guys always finish last?

I hope not in this case, as it would be great to see Seedorf bring AC Milan back up to the top of Serie A. A top player, and perhaps a top manager in the making. 

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