Why Milan need to start with a blank page

AC Milan

With the club in turmoil and this season already dead, it's time for AC Milan to stop papering over the cracks and start from scratch.

Just when it seems that AC Milan have hit rock bottom, they fall off another ledge and hurtle still further into the abyss.

Locked in mid-table, the punch-drunk Rossoneri were booed off after a 4-2 defeat against Parma and faced angry protests from their fans whose patience has long since been exhausted.

It seems that Clarence Seedorf has been unable to come up with a miracle cure since arriving to replace Massimiliano Allegri and that surely must come as no surprise.

By the time Allegri left he was almost universally unpopular. Memories of the ex-Cagliari man's 2011 Serie A triumph had long since faded and the once dynamic tactician had become jaded, projecting an air of resignation.

The sole saving grace for Allegri had been Milan's progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League, but that proved insufficient in the face of so many poor Serie A results.

The decision to bring in ex-midfield ace Seedorf was hailed by the players who immediately warmed to the new man despite his lack of any coaching experience.

Two games in and a new mood of optimism surrounded the club, Mario Balotelli praised Seedorf's attitude, the fans seemed happy something had been done and new recruits arrived to bolster the squad in January.

But the honeymoon period proved brief and an emphatic Champions League exit at the hands of a far superior Atletico Madrid plus defeats against Udinese, Juventus and now Parma have left Seedorf a victim of the boo boys.

The truth is that since 2011 Milan have failed to rejuvenate their squad and put off the much-needed spring clean, opting instead to make running repairs and hope for the best.

The result is an ageing, inconsistent squad with very little visible team spirit now being led by a man who would probably happily sell most of his players if he could.

It was wishful thinking that Seedorf could save a season that was already in ruin and perhaps unwise to bring him in mid-campaign so he would face the wrath of the fans and damage his relationship before he could make significant changes.

The only solution for Milan is the one they should have taken a while ago - a comprehensive overhaul of the squad and an injection of new, young talent in the place of their current underachievers.

Serie A is littered with up and coming stars available at reasonable prices and Milan are still a prestigious enough club to lure them even without European football to offer. 

Milan need to sell off a demotivated Mario Balotelli, finally find a quality young goalkeeper, get rid of Philippe Mexes and start again building around the talismanic Kaka. 

While it may be painful to rip off the bandaid, a year of difficult transition must be healthier than this continuing stagnation.

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