Milan CEO Adriano Galliani reveals the Clarence Seedorf “project” was brought forward by six months.
Tonight the Dutchman makes his debut as the new Rossoneri Coach, replacing the sacked Massimiliano Allegri against Verona. Click here for the line-ups.
“We had already agreed for Seedorf to take over from July 1, but considering the circumstances we thought it would be better for Milan and for Clarence to bring the whole project forward by half a season,” Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.
“It is an intuition of President Silvio Berlusconi, just as it was his intuition that took us to Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello. He chose the Coach.”
Galliani had always tried to publicly support Allegri, even when it became clear President Berlusconi and joint-CEO Barbara Berlusconi were unimpressed.
“For three years we came first, second and third, while we also went through to the Champions League knockouts four times under Allegri.
“However, this is the lowest number of points we’ve had at this stage of the season since I’ve been at Milan.
“The defeat to Sassuolo was the final straw, as we were 2-0 up after 13 minutes and lost. Unfortunately, Coaches are judged on results and in Serie A the results did not come this season.
“If there is a club that rarely changes management midway through the campaign, then it is Milan.”
Alessandro Matri was a flop at Milan this season, but days after completing a loan move to Fiorentina he scored twice today in a 3-0 victory away to Catania.
“He had always scored goals in his career, so it was evident he’d find his form eventually. I have to ask myself whether Matri would’ve scored two goals tonight if he had played for Milan. Perhaps the change of system, approach and environment shook something up within him. He’s a finisher more than anything else.”
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