Massimiliano Allegri had become an unpopular figure by the time he was sacked by AC Milan, but midfielder Sulley Muntari was emotional at his departure.
Allegri had been on the Milan bench for three and a half seasons but since the title glory of his first campaign things had steadily gone downhill.
The news that the ex-Cagliari tactician had been dismissed followed an embarrassing 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo, which has left the Rossoneri in lower mid-table and as close to relegation as the Scudetto.
While most of the players were reportedly happy to see Allegri leave and it has been suggested that several members of the squad openly celebrated in the dressing room, he did have some allies to the end.
Muntari came to Milan at the request of Allegri who instigated his signature from city rivals Inter in January 2012.
The two men enjoyed success with Allegri seeing Muntari as a key component of his midfield and although the Ghanian's form had wavered and his significance decreased, coach and midfielder remained close.
It is also reported that striker Mario Balotelli appeared unsettled by the news that Allegri was on his way out.
Balotelli had been a tempestuous figure in the dressing room under Allegri but there had been signs of mutual respect.
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