With Inzaghi set to leave at the end of the season, Milan is actively searching for a head coach. There have been many reports of a possible Carlo Ancelotti return, as Real Madrid seem set to part ways with the Italian coach.
Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that Galliani could travel to Madrid on Monday to convince Ancelotti to take the reins at Milan with a 5-year contract. Milan owner and president Silvio Berlusconi said in an interview to NapoliTV today: ‘if Real Madrid let him go, then Carlo Ancelotti will return to us.” While getting Ancelotti on the sidelines would be a great step in the right direction there will much more work to do before Milan get back to their greatness. Although in his post-math press conference today Ancelotti sated: “Either I stay here at Real Madrid, or I take a one year break.”
Milan still have some dead weight on their roster which they’ll look to get rid of, with the likes of Mexes, Muntari, Essien, Abbiati and Bonera. Essien, Abbiati and Bonera’s contracts expire this summer so they’ll likely leave the club. It seems like Milan will let Nigel De Jong leave when his contract expires this summer even though he’s been one of their best performers in recent years. Milan will also need to spend smartly in the summer. Their defense and midfield both need some improvement, while Mattia Destro could be signed permanently from Roma. If Destro doesn't stay, Milan should look for a center forward, especially since Giampaolo Pazzini looks likely to leave the club this summer.
Milan have been linked to other coaches since Ancelotti’s return isn’t guaranteed. Fiorentina’s Montella, Empoli’s Sarri and Sevilla’s Unai Emery are the other names that have been linked to coach the Rossoneri. There’s no question Ancelotti is the best coach among the candidates but hiring a great coach wont solve all of Milan’s problem’s by itself. Some people question how good this Milan team would be with Ancelotti as coach but I think it’s fair to say they wouldn't be Scudetto contenders. But many people feel that hiring Ancelotti would bring great investment into the team. Even if Ancelotti returns to Milan, he will need an improved squad to achieve the same accomplishments during his first stint.
Then of course there were Berlusconi’s comments about the possibility of Ita-Milan, a team comprised mainly of Italian players. While it’s unlikely that comes to fruition, Maurizio Sarri would be a great coach for that team as he’s done a fantastic job with newly promoted Empoli. Milan have many more problems to solve then just their coach to become a top team in Europe again. Hopefully they make smart decisions to become competitive again.
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