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Sunday June 2 2013
Dear Max...

Tonight Massimiliano Allegri will learn his Milan fate, but Susy Campanale sends him one final warning.

Dear Max,

We’ve had fun together, winning the Scudetto in the first year, challenging to the end in the second and completing an incredible comeback to clinch a Champions League play-off spot despite half the squad departing simultaneously. Alright, so your European results were poor, but with this group of players at your disposal it’s not as if you could’ve done much better. I like you. This is why I’m giving you some advice: Run away.

Seriously, you have this perfect opportunity to get out of this madhouse and accept a job to rebuild Roma. Admittedly, that’s a bit of a crazytown too, but at least their owners have a little more patience and are offering a long-term contract. You’ll have talented players at your disposal, a beautiful city and a group of fans so utterly frustrated by recent failure that simply qualifying for the Europa League will be impressive. You will be given more freedom to make your own decisions without an overbearing President leaning over your shoulder at all times ready to take the credit for victory or publicly blame you for a defeat.

This evening you go to Arcore to meet face to face with President Silvio Berlusconi. After weeks of desperate mediating, Adriano Galliani has managed to smooth things over to the point where Don Silvio will deign to sit at the same table as you. He publicly humiliated you so many times, pulling out of meetings, claiming he dictated the change of tactics and giving scathing interviews. Do you really think that’s over and done with? Of course not.

Trust me, I’ve been a Milanista for almost 30 years and I know what Berlusconi is like. At the first hiccup, he will sack you. He’ll be on your case 24/7 just waiting for the moment he can swing the axe and paint himself as the great saviour again. Berlusca doesn’t like competition, as he wants to be the centre of attention and gratitude at all times. Galliani is the only one in the club hierarchy standing up for you and he also seems to be dropping down the food chain due to a power struggle with Barbara Berlusconi, so that’s another safety net disappearing. Remember that letter read out on Il Processo del Lunedi? I sincerely doubt the official story it was a fake. That sneering tone sounded exactly like Berlusconi to me.

Why does Berlusconi want Clarence Seedorf to take over as Coach when he’s patently unqualified? Because he wants the credit, of course! The President only hires a tactician to do the daily grind work and take the blame when something goes wrong, because he is so egotistical that he has to boast he ‘created’ the winning Milan manager. This is a man who actually said the Rossoneri should build a statue of him to place outside San Siro, or rename the stadium in his name.

When you sit down to dinner tonight, look Berlusconi in the face-lifted eyes and tell him you’re done with this. It might not be the best course of action for Milan, but it will be the best thing for you. Good luck.

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Have your say...
Allegri is a poor coach, he's certainly not a Milan-caliber coach .. He has no clear tactics and depends solely on player's individual moves/skills .. Why don't we have a clear counter-attack plan like Real Madrid or Chelsea? .. Every player in RM knows where his teammate would be without even looking .. We lack that sort of tactics and most our goals are lucky, from set pieces or due to individual's efforts .. Why not bring Mancini or even Klopp? .. Forza Milan
on the 11th June, 2013 at 6:15pm
Noted Orgoglio, thx.

The annoying thing is that so many here are criticizing the color of her jersey on a Sunday afternoon instead of having an intelligent and respectful debate about the points in her blogs.

I've been an on-off visitor here for the last 4+ years and I have seen this happen to the other writers as well but Susy gets a disproportionate amount of it.
I don't see & never saw the reason.
on the 5th June, 2013 at 2:55pm
dear libero
what would u have to say about the penalty given to fiorentina against milan?
Those tins happen
on the 5th June, 2013 at 9:12am
Libero, the referees have been incompetent all season, this was epitomized in the Coppa final. The referee in the Siena-Milan game made numerous errors which affected both sides. The players do not help, with some of their pathetic antics. The referees need a kick up the backside & there has to be more retroactive punishment for the cheating,(diving, shirt pulling, holding onto their faces as they hit the deck etc), players.
on the 5th June, 2013 at 8:44am
Having said that, the absence of a defence and a midfield apart from Montolivo Abate and De Sciglio could explain the poor results this season. Also,his insistence on Niang who is clearly not ready, instead of Pazzini is something I would doubt.
on the 4th June, 2013 at 11:52pm
The only reason Berlusconi wants to have Seedorf in as manager as it is an easy way for him to take control of the club in terms of tactics,as most owners seem to want to do these days, rendering Seedorf as mere puppet. Berlusconi, by character is a control- freak, as evidenced by his attempt to be re-elected as pm after stepping down. He never liked Allegri; in fact he was persuaded to bring him in from Caglari only after intensive coaxing from Galliani.
on the 4th June, 2013 at 11:48pm
Just remember this...If 4 teams qualified for te champions league, then that penalty at the end of the last game would not have been given!! because therwas no penalty!! i feel bad for Fiorentina..the true 3rd team that should have qualified for Champions league...and im not a fiorentina fan...just stating the facts!
on the 4th June, 2013 at 7:02pm
@Zoli

I think when her blogs are solely about Milan such as the one above, She writes some great stuff. If however her blogs involve other clubs from Serie A, sometimes she only sees things from a Milan fan's point of view and is not as open minded as she should be. I salute her for being honest and saying she is a Milan fan but anyone who reads her blogs can see that already. Ultimately my opinion is that some criticism is deserved not that i agree with all criticism she has received.
on the 4th June, 2013 at 6:11pm
@Dan Giambrone

I don't mind if a blog criticizes my club, especially if it is constructive criticism. It may come from Susy or any other blog writer. I also don't come on these blogs to bash on the writers. So when i say that some criticism is justified, it has nothing to do with some kind of personal agenda against Susy. As you your self said some of her points in the past were questionable i believe that as well, so my opinion is justified.
on the 4th June, 2013 at 5:44pm
Orgoglio, if Susy writes with her heart and thru Milan glasses then how come the only unbiased blogs are about her beloved Milan? It should be the other way around, putting Milan on a pedestal and carving margarine statues of all things red-and-black.

Admitting she is a Milan fan shows honesty ... something that is harder and harder to come by nowadays.
Sure there is a little more heart in her words every now and then but that never compromises her issues more then any other bloggers' here.
on the 4th June, 2013 at 3:54pm
Orgoglio "Most of her blogs are written with her heart rather than her head and most readers can sense that". This is exactly the kind of comment that I would expect from someone that has been scourned by a constructive critique of their club. Most fans, when it comes to their club, lack objectivity and cannot look at things dispassionately. Sure, Suzy has made some questionable points in the past, but who hasn't. Generally, IMO, she talks a lot of sense; the above article being a case in point.
on the 4th June, 2013 at 3:23pm
Susy you beat me by 6 years as a Milanista :)
I fell in love with the bunch watching them demolish Steaua, courtesy of two each from Gullit and Van Basten in '89.

However painful but you offered Max the right advice. I'm not sure what to think about him choosing to stay ... I'd like to say is strong personality and not caving in. As long as he has the players and fans behind him he should be able to handle Berlusconi's shenanigans.
on the 4th June, 2013 at 2:00pm
@maverick,
I agree with everything you said in your latest comment. Which i think once again proves my point. Allegri has done the best he could with what he had at his disposal. Truthfully, Berlusconi hasn't given him half the team he gave Ancelotti.
The over-reliance on Ibra and Balo and this is just my observation, is due to the lack of consistency from his other options.

He made questionable selections and subs but what coach hasn't? Even Conte made mistakes in his selections.
on the 4th June, 2013 at 11:47am
@Daniel Giambrone

Although i agree with NIC i must disagree with your comments.
Susy, tends to see things through her Milan glasses, often writes ridiculous blogs that consistently fall short on delivering a open minded point of view that any good blog deserves. The only decent blogs she has written in the last couple years were about her beloved Milan. Most of her blogs are written with her heart rather than her head and most readers can sense that so some of the criticism is fully deserved.
on the 4th June, 2013 at 11:12am
Well said NIC! Susy often gets a ridiculous amount of stick on this site. IMO she just says what she sees, and has no agenda. Sadly many fans think with the heart, not the head, & do not like the truth.
on the 3rd June, 2013 at 6:53pm
@Contini, Thank you very much. Unfortunately we Milanisti have so many Ingrates and fair weather people that label themselves as "FANS". Pathetic Bunch
on the 3rd June, 2013 at 3:51pm
for all of you who bash susy, you should be ashamed of yourselves. it's shameful and childish. why do people make personal attacks? she is 100% CORRECT. berlusconi doesn't want allegri. he wants a new coach. maybe he wants someone that he can shave the cash/salary bill down with. just watching all of this unfold and play out makes it so obvious. the twist now is, i'm sure allegri will now stay on. sadly, allegri will be gone at some point next year or sooner. strangely, i think he knows it too!
on the 3rd June, 2013 at 3:02pm
I'm no Milanista but it's always been clear to me that Silvio deserves more respect. He made you what you are, end of story. If it wasn't for him Milan could have become one of the forgotten giants like Torino or Genoa, instead after 1b Euro and 5 CL's he's earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants with his team. He made the decisions that brought you every bit of joy you have ever experienced, and will in the future, maybe you should be more grateful.
on the 3rd June, 2013 at 11:36am
I have to agree with Viktor. Whilst there are many question marks over Allegri,(which Maldini's heir has done a good of highlighting in the past), we have to look at the players that Galliani has provided him with. Aside from Montolivo, there is little creativity in the side. This is the reason why Milan have looked so dull at times this season. Allegri deserves 1 more year. Lets hope that he uses Saponara & Cristante to ease the creative burden off Monty; although more artists are needed.
on the 3rd June, 2013 at 9:12am
@ Orgoglio Bianconero:
Well Allegri in his first season had Ibra but eventually came to depend on him too much. Now he is moving in the same direction with over reliance on Balotelli, which will only hurt Milan later.

As for tactics, he has made quite a few strange decisions: benching El Sha repeatedly, for Robinho and Niang; Nocerino in trequartista; Boateng as forward etc.
on the 3rd June, 2013 at 3:59am
Well Susy, I'm almost shocked...of course, I wouldn't be shocked if Roma now look to someone else (if they hire Bielsa than all Romanista should praise Berlusconi) and, after hiring someone else, then fire Allegri lol.

Btw some of the comments here are ridiculous. But I guess it's to be expected. The team need to look to Ogbonna already (unless they think he needs a year), make a move for someone like Lass, and get a playmaker...a legit trequarista.
on the 3rd June, 2013 at 1:04am
If Montella was available I would pull the trigger and hire him and fire Max and fire Fester at the same time. Put Maldini on as director of sport.
Give Monty more power and money to buy players.
We have great youngsters, we just need more players with technique and maybe more experience.
Let's start keep the revolution that started last season going by ridding ourselves of the deadwood on the bench and the boardroom and since we can't fire
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 11:32pm
Forza Allegri Forza Milan
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 11:28pm
@maverick,

I don't want to put you on the spot here, i have read quiet a few comments about Allegri's tactics and how poor Milan is playing under him. But i must ask how would you rate his performance from a couple years ago when Milan won the title? The first two seasons Milan played great football and some exciting football as well, it wasn't until Berlusconi decided to sell all the best players that Milan started playing like a mid table team and yet he still secured CL football.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 11:12pm
And... It is official, Allegri will stay at Milan!
Considering all the other options available, Berlusconi made the right choice. Allegri however might regret his decision to stay.

Let's hope Berlusconi doesn't sell all the top players, only to ask Allegri to deliver the CL title!
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 11:02pm
@Viktor, I would have loved to ignore your foolish post but its so foolish to ignore. Was it your wealth that was used to buy Rijkaard, MVBasten, Gullit, Sheva, Weah and other Champions that took Milan to the pinnacle of European football?Was it your Treasure Chest that was opened to help Milan financially after all our problems in the 80's?? Its easy to criticize Berlusconi when we are not winning. Please point to me Milan fans that complained about Berlu's mgt style when we dominated in d 90's
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 10:48pm
Allegri is not the right person to take Milan forward: his tactical choices are often questionable and his style of football is not great to watch. Still better to have him on the bench rather than Seedorf. However, I hope to see Prandelli take over in 2014.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 10:03pm
All the criticism towards Allegri is ridiculous. He had to basically start from scratch this year and create Big Team results with kids. In my opinion, he still managed to put a team together that had a decent go at it. Even if they had finished in 4th or 5th, the campaign was still a success for me.

Milan's only failure this season was from administration dismantling the entire team and expecting significant results. That is probably why they want to hang the noose around Allegri's neck.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 4:50pm
Susy, I agree with you...tho, at the same time, I must say that Allegri is not a particularly good coach right now. He's too safe, too scared to play...and he isn't exactly the classiest act, himself. I've always been fond of Milan but it's hard to get behind the former Prime Minister...it'd be nice if he sold the club again...and if he hires Clarence Seedorf...Seedorf should have been sold 5 years ago...hold on too long and then hire him as Coach? Haha
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 4:34pm
"Self respect" Allegri has none otherwise he would have told Berlusconi where to go.if I were a Romanista I would now tell him to get lost. He clearly see's Roma as a next best option.You can't expect respect from others if you don't respect yourself.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 4:01pm

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