Clarence Seedorf's first coaching job could end in tears if reports in the Italian press that AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi is ready to pull the plug are true.
The Dutchman arrived halfway through the season to replace Massimiliano Allegri with Milan rooted in mid-table and already realistically out of the hunt for a Champions League place.
After a brief honeymoon period, Seedorf struggled but he has rallied of late and Milan's victory over rivals Inter last weekend has left them just one point shy of the Europa League places.
It has been reported by the Italian media that qualification for Europe is the minimum requirement for Seedorf to keep his job.
The newspaper insists that while Berlusconi claims Seedorf's future will be discussed in June, he has already made his mind up and will axe him despite the two years left on his contract and the financial ramifications.
It is suggested that Milan would like to try and lure Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella but could struggle to liberate him from the Viola.
Instead, Rossoneri youth team boss Pippo Inzaghi is favourite to step up to senior boss but there are rumours that Milan are trying to persuade Zenit Saint Petersburg to relinquish their contractual grip on Luciano Spalletti, who was sacked in March.