After a very disappointing season, AC Milan has sacked Pippo Inzaghi. Inzaghi had replaced his former teammate at Milan, Clarence Seedorf, last summer. Seedorf only got a few months on the sidelines and Inzaghi got only one season. Milan has been accused of mistreating these former club legends, along with Paolo Maldini. It is certainly sad to see these Milan greats have troubles with the club post-retirement. Hopefully, Milanisti mostly remember Seedorf & Inzaghi for their great achievements on the field and not their short stints on the sidelines. Neither Seedorf nor Inzaghi had any experience coaching a club at the senior level before managing Milan. Seedorf agreed to retire from playing to take the job at Milan and Inzaghi was promoted from the club’s youth academy. The question begs to be asked: How much success did Milan management expect these guys to have with no real experience at this level? They also were not working with the most talented rosters in Milan’s history. Did Galliani and Berlusconi think that because Seedorf and Inzaghi were great players they would be able to perform miracles on the bench? Milan management deserves just as much responsibility for the failures of Seedorf and Inzaghi as the coaches themselves.
After Carlo Ancelotti declined an offer to return to Milan, they strongly pursued Sinsa Mihaljovic who had just left Sampdoria after two seasons in which he had done an impressive job. Mihaljovic has signed a 2-year contract with the Rossoneri. Considering their options, the Serbian coach was probably Milan’s best option. Ancelotti is taking a year offer, Unai Emery didn’t seem interested in the job, Antonio Conte was an almost impossible option and Vincenzo Montella is still contracted to Fiorentina. Not surprisingly, an interview from 2010 has resurfaced of Mihaljovic saying, “I'd never coach Milan. Perhaps I'd starve but that’s just how I am and I could never coach Milan. It is one of best clubs in the world but I was an Inter player and coach, I couldn't do it for respect towards Inter fans.” While Mihaljovic is a good hire, much of next season really depends on whether Berlusconi is willing to spend and how Milan would use that money. If Mihaljovic can do well with this roster that’s great but Milan won’t be competing for any trophies until they make some significant signings.