In the last few weeks, a lot has changed for AC Milan. After missing out on the Champions League once again, although this time they came really close, it was obvious that a revolution was needed.
To make a long story short, the decision of both Gattuso and Leonardo to leave the club had a significant impact on the outcome of the Rossoneri’s new management, which after weeks now seems to be as good as done. In addition to these departures, with UEFA and FFP bearing down their throat, a change in strategy was needed.
With CEO Ivan Gazidis at the helm, the new management was formed. Paolo Maldini, who during the past season worked alongside Leonardo, was officially named as the club’s new technical director yesterday. In addition to the former captain, yet another legend was appointed by the Rossoneri: Zvonimir Boban. The Croatian was favoured by Maldini, taking the role as the Chief Football Officer, leaving his job at FIFA.
In other words, Elliott (the owners) are not messing about, giving it a second go after their first season with the club nearly ended in glory. Obviously, the departure of Leonardo wasn’t ideal, especially with regards to the transfer market, though his honest approach will also be missed.
So, what can AC Milan expect from his replacement, Boban? Well, as it seems, he’s very straightforward and direct in his approach, which often reflects in his work. This is something that the San Siro side certainly needs: clarity. In addition to this, his friendship with Maldini will hopefully keep them on the same page, avoiding any internal conflicts.
Of course, the management is far from complete, with at least two important positions left to fill: the manager and the sporting director. As it seems, however, Milan have already found their men, and only the official announcement is missing. For the managerial role, it’s expected that Giampaolo will be revealed on Monday, as he was officially let go by Sampdoria today.
In regards to the sporting director role, former Roma director Frederic Massara is in pole position for the job, having left the Giallorossi earlier this month. Perhaps, as Milan decided to announce two new additions to the management in Boban and Maldini, they might do the same on Monday, thus revealing both Giampaolo and Massara.
For once, the entire Rossoneri management seems to be on the same page, which is a huge relief, to say the least. Furthermore, it consists of qualified people, something which Milan have lacked over the years. Given how things are developing on the transfer market, which will be looked at in a separate piece, one can only hope that the San Siro side are actually on their way back.
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