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Thursday June 12 2014
In Inzaghi Milan trust

Milan appear to be in old territory after appointing Filippo Inzaghi as Coach, but Jeremy Lim believes that the timing could right for the ex-striker to succeed.

Milan first sought to build their future with Clarence Seedorf. As ill-advised as the appointment seemed, the Dutchman did manage to do himself credit. But with the club’s management increasingly reported as in two minds about his suitability, his reign grew untenable, until it was terminated on Monday. By then cast out, it’s difficult to fathom how acrimonious the split has become with the club legend.

None of this seems to have deterred Filippo Inzaghi, who replaces Seedorf in the dugout. Two years after bidding farewell as a player, the former striker will now get a first-hand taste of the crushing pressure at Via Turati. The 40-year-old faces a thankless job laden with brutal expectations. Little on Inzaghi’s CV, apart from a spell in charge of the Primavera, conventionally suggests that he is ready for the undertaking.

A good place to start for a young Coach immediately thrown in at the deep end - a formula that ultimately ended with Seedorf’s demise - is to rectify his predecessor’s shortcomings. Seedorf was a clever man, albeit not a practical choice steering a dressing room of egos that needed cutting down to size. His tactics and coaching methods, including some whimsical training and pre-match routines, quickly wore out their welcome within the squad.

The onus is on Inzaghi, once noted for his larger-than-life personality during his playing days, to become the stabilising figure his club needs. Starting out with a receptive head will reinforce his standing amongst his new charges, while being assured enough not to be swayed by the tactical fads usually served up by President Silvio Berlusconi will be key. But judging from all indications, Inzaghi’s appointment is already proving to be an endlessly more popular one.

What may help further establish the Rossoneri as the surprise package of next season are the club’s semi-significant transfer dealings. Where once Massimiliano Allegri and Seedorf had to work constant miracles with squads that were bare to the bones, Super Pippo can actually count on some technical depth. Though big money additions are non-existent commodities these days, Milan have worked behind the scenes to acquire some shrewd bargains.

Adriano Galliani’s solid if unspectacular imports may not capture the imagination, but they can serve to close the gap with Italy’s top outfits. Amongst the most crucial is Alex to fulfill a prime need at the back. The former Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain stopper is fittingly nicknamed The Tank, and brings crucial international experience to shore up the backline.

Jeremy Menez, Alex’s teammate at Parc des Princes, also arrives to have a second crack at Serie A. Inzaghi’s input was apparently vital to bringing the winger to Milanello, after he met the free-agent to persuade him of the move. Periodically moody and troubled, the former Roma reject’s flair nevertheless makes him worth Milan’s trouble. Featured on one wing, and with the returning Stephan El Shaarawy on the other, the club have the makings to become heavyweights upfront again.

Using foresight and careful planning, Milan can emerge greater than the sum of her parts. There is optimism that Adil Rami and Adel Taarabt will soon finalise their stints at the club, after the pair of January loan reinforcements proved they are of the required calibre to star at San Siro.

There could be more about this side than meets the eye. Milan are presented the opportunity to build some momentum next term, working the element of surprise to their favour for an assault on the European berths. With the spine of the team last seen starting to exhibit a form of competitiveness and mental resilience again, Inzaghi could just be the man to finish the revival Seedorf begun.

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Have your say...
@Interista

Vidic was a great signing. I think he will do great. But so was signing Alex. Hernanes you're paying a lot for. I highly doubt you will get jovetic on loan with option for buy for 15.. He's worth a lot more in my opinion. Either way, your trasnfer campaign has been a lot better then the red and black ones
on the 18th June, 2014 at 3:38pm
@ Interista Fair play you managed to find yourself a rich suiter! It'll be great to see Jovetic back in Serie A. Its a shame its with Inter. Its not too late to swap him for Menez?
on the 18th June, 2014 at 1:27pm
Whilst Milan sign forgotten rejects Inter sign the likes of Vidic, Hernanes, M'Vila & maybe Jovetic....oh it's great being in the black & blue half of Milan! For way over a decade lol
on the 18th June, 2014 at 12:21pm
@ Viktor Re Mastour I know he's only 16 and of course I don't think he should be rushed into the first team but the key with Mastour is we need to be thinking 2-3 seasons ahead. With Petagna we should be thinking one season ahead and Cristante needs to be brought into the first team this season. That means we cannot crowd these players out. I'd like to see Mastour get an outing in the Coppa Italia and Serie A debut towards the end of next season. These signings will prevent this. Look at Darmian
on the 18th June, 2014 at 10:23am
Viktor great optimism. Hope you're right but it's a mess
on the 17th June, 2014 at 7:54pm
@Maldini's Heir

Mastour is 16 years old.. Even he has immense skills for hes age he's not mature enough I think. Sell Robihno of course). I'd leave out Taarabt, Pazzo.


If Menes and SES shows good work rate (ses usually do) then monti and de jong should be nough in center mid.

Sadly it's time to release Kaka, loved to see him back but let's be honest he is not longer the player he use to be and I see more future with Honda at that position. If he has a good WC it could be great for us
on the 17th June, 2014 at 4:22pm
Viktor look at the difference between Milan and Roma. Roma are linked with defenders even though they had a pretty decent defence last season. Milan are only linked with attackers having picked up a few freebie defenders.
on the 17th June, 2014 at 9:36am
I don't think we'll see Menez, Honda, SES and Balo all play together. Inzaghi once he learns to be a Serie A manager will realise that he'll need to play 3 decent midfielders (De Jong, Poli, Monty) with them so it'll be a case of choosing 3 out of the 4. Then there's Taarabt, Saponara, Pazzo and whoever else we have in attack. What about Petagna? Do we continue loaning out Niang? How will Mastour integrate? Can we sell Robinho? Do we say thanks but no thanks to Kaka? Our attack is too loaded.
on the 17th June, 2014 at 8:42am
@ Viktor Rami showed some defensive frailties and tried to play out too much. I'm suggesting that rather than spending the money to sign Rami we sign two out and out defenders in Paletta and Astori. There's also the funds we need to sign a decent goalkeeper like Perin. So far we've go for a free goalkeeper in Agazzi and a free CB in Alex. Alex is ok. A CB pairing of Alex and Rami is just ok. There's no point in signing ok players.
on the 17th June, 2014 at 8:37am
@Maldini's Heir

With the imaginary squad you put together surely we would end up top 3. Get rid of muntari though. I'm sick and tired of seeing him going for goal at every single time from the middle of the field. I seriously think signing alex was a great thing. I have a bad feeling over de sciglio tho. Don't think we will be able to keep him. I hope De jong stays. He's work rate is fantastic. I'm worried over monti. That kind of injury takes time to recover from. Sign perin at all cost.
on the 16th June, 2014 at 6:44pm
@Maldini's Heir

I agree with the player you want to sell except for Rami. He did well for us and will be signed. I would keep Honda as he has much more potential then he showed so far. I'm very indecisive with Balo. I really like him sometimes but he has no consistency nor high work rate. I want to keep SES to all cost. I want to use him and menez on the flanks for the pace. I want honda to replace kaka. I would love to see mandzukic playing for us.
on the 16th June, 2014 at 6:41pm
@Maldini's Heir

I agree with the player you want to sell except for Rami. He did well for us and will be signed. I would keep Honda as he has much more potential then he showed so far. I'm very indecisive with Balo. I really like him sometimes but he has no consistency nor high work rate. I want to keep SES to all cost. I want to use him and menez on the flanks for the pace. I want honda to replace kaka. I would love to see mandzukic playing for us.
on the 16th June, 2014 at 6:40pm
The following season we look at our attack. Have Saponara/Honda, SES, Niang Balo and Petagna reached their potential? If not, we sign one or two world class attackers. We're then looking to challenge for the title.

We're back on top. We add one or two world class players to the squad each season and we integrate young players.

What a lovely day dream....
on the 16th June, 2014 at 2:35pm
We then say the following players have one more chance to prove themselves:

Abate, Constant, Muntari, Brsa, Taarabt, Niang

Depending on the outcome of this season we could then look to sign two full backs the following season. We could bring back Darmian or sign Donati, Cardirola or Santon. We gradually bring Cristante in to replace De Jong in front of the back four or copy Italy's formation on Saturday with De Jong, Monty and Cristante. This squad could consolidate a top 3 spot.
on the 16th June, 2014 at 2:32pm
So the squad now looks like this:

Perin, Gabriel, Abbiati

Abate, Zaccardo, Paletta, Astori, Zapata, De Sciglio, Constant, Pinato

De Jong, Muntari, Monty, Cristante, Poli, Brsa, Saponara, Honda/Kaka, Mastour

SES, Balo, Pazzo, Niang, Taarabt, Petagna

That squad with a bit of luck would finish in the top 3.
on the 16th June, 2014 at 2:28pm
Sorry I forgot to add Amelia to the sales.

We sign the following players:

Perin, Astori and Paletta

Maybe at a cost of 40m? So we're down 10m but we've saved on the wages for Mexes and Robinho.

We keep Brsa for now. Why? Because he's a good squad player who showed some good potential under Allegri but then just randomly didn't play much under Seedorf.
on the 16th June, 2014 at 2:25pm
Ok Viktor this is what I'd like to see Milan do. First thing. What went really wrong in the last 2 seasons? The defence. Therefore that's where we start. We need to raise funds and we have a massive squad so lets start by selling the following players:

Mexes, Silvestre, Rami, Bonera, Emanuelson, Essien, Kaka/Honda*, Robinho, Matri.

* Wait to see how Honda does at the World Cup.

That's a start and it should raise maybe 30m?Then....
on the 16th June, 2014 at 2:22pm
@Maldini's Heir

De sciglio, rami, alex and abate. Doesn't that sound goo enough to you??

Birsa blows, tarbaat done so so.
on the 16th June, 2014 at 12:23am
@ viktor we're now linked with iturbe. Apparently we've got 25 m to spend. Let's ignore the 49 goals we conceded in serie a last season and load up the attack! Keep going Galliani. How about another striker? Another 10 strikers?
on the 14th June, 2014 at 10:55am
@ viktor your optimum knows no bounds! For Menez to fit into the team we're going to have to sell at least three of SES, tarabat, niang, brsa, robinho, Honda, kaka and Saponara and you can probably forget about any young players coming through. Also it means balo (do you seriously think he'll be swapped for falcao???) playing as a line striker again which he can't and it means it's between pazzo, petagna and matri for a place on the bench. Signings have consequences so should be thought through
on the 14th June, 2014 at 10:44am
@Bret

You understand why a player that plays for us for 5 years win trophies and leaves for the city rivals? Yeah, you sound like a real milanista.
on the 13th June, 2014 at 2:45pm
@Maldini's Heir

You have the wrong attitude bro. Signing Menez was a good thing. Get rid of Mexes, bonera robinho and constant. A swap for Falaco for balo would be amazing.

You don't like signing alex either?
on the 13th June, 2014 at 2:42pm
Seedorf's treatment was shocking. But when Maldini went for an interview for the technical role before the Seedorf appointment, he was not even sent a response - they simply did not get back to him.
Now, if they treat one of the most important players in their history like this, then there is something seriously mental about silvio and barbie. You can replicate AC to Forza Italia! and the other Berlu ventures - a total disaster of arrogant idiocy. AC will completely collapse.
on the 13th June, 2014 at 1:25pm
I remember Darmian was tagged as the next best defender coming through our youths and I loved his demeanour just like De Sciglio but as MADLINI'S HEIR rightly pointed out, "Bonera is approaching his 10th year at Milan. Meanwhile the victims of his signing (Astori and Darmian) enjoy differing degrees of success with the Azzurri." It's so sad to see...
on the 13th June, 2014 at 9:13am
I don't Viktor lets try this team:
Balo

Niang Pazzo Matri SES


Menez Saponara Honda Taarabt

Kaka Robinho

Subs: Brsa, Kingsley Boateng, Mastour, Petagna
See we can sell all our defenders and put out an entire team of attackers....
on the 13th June, 2014 at 8:21am
...they'll do whatever they can do to make their wrong decisions seem right. Everything that Maldini's Heir posted is exactly how I feel. The disgrace they showed a man who put his playing career aside to try and better this team (which he did do) is appalling. Seedorf will win somewhere and way before Inzaghi wins anything. And when Milan goes crawling back to try and get him, he'll rightfully want nothing to do with us. I now understand why Leonardo went and coached for Inter.
on the 13th June, 2014 at 4:46am
One reason Galliani pursued players like Menez and Alex is to help Inzaghi succeed a little more than Seedorf was able to do. He's been handed the same team with a few additions. By doing this, everyone will forget the sacking of Seedorf and only see it as a good move, when all they really did was hand an inexperienced coach better players. It's not much different than how they treated Leonardo. They sack him, appoint Allegri, and give Allegri Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Van Bommel.....
on the 13th June, 2014 at 4:43am
@Maldini's Heir

There offensive but not all strikers.

Are you seriously thinking signing menez as a winger was a bad move? It's actually one of the better we've done past year
on the 12th June, 2014 at 7:13pm
@ viktor what do the 7 players I mentioned all have in common.?
on the 12th June, 2014 at 6:16pm
@maldinis heir,

Again, menez will be used as a winger..
on the 12th June, 2014 at 5:09pm

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