Blog Written by Joshua O'Byrne (@JobJobBinks):
This Saturday night Milan face Juventus in what will be a crucial match for Mihajlovic's future. According to reports the Serbian tactician will face the sack if Milan lose heavily to Allegri's Juventus but many people feel that Miha doesn't deserve to be sacked. Milan have not done as well as they would have expected this season but they have improved considerably under Mihajlovic. The questions on all Milan fans minds at the moment: will Mihajlovic be able to save his job against Juventus? Does Mihajlovic deserve a second season at Milan? And if he is sacked who will replace him?
Mihajlovic faces a tough task to get a result against Juventus on Saturday night. A heavy defeat will more than likely result in his sacking. With the possibility of Montolivo, Kucka and Bertolacci all being unavailable, Milan may be forced to play a makeshift midfield with reports saying that promising youngster Manuel Locatelli could make his debut. Milan will have to play the perfect game if they are to beat Juventus and save their managers job. However, will Berlusconi secretly be hoping for Milan to lose so he can finally sack Mihajlovic? Apparently numerous times over the course of this season Berlusconi has been ready to fire Mihajlovic only for Galliani to persuade him otherwise. Berlusconi and Galliani both seem to disagree on Mihajlovic's performance at Milan with Berlusconi seemingly unhappy with the Serb whereas Galliani believes he should be given more time. Berlusconi has made numerous public comments refusing to back Mihajlovic. At this time most Milan fans seem happy to continue with Miha but Berlusconi would rather Milan play a more attacking style of football. Saturday night will be a major factor regarding Mihajlovic's future with Milan; can he get an unlikely result against the champions and take some pressure off his shoulders?
While the result on Saturday night could spell the end for Mihajlovic does he actually deserve to be sacked? This season Milan have performed considerably better and find themselves in 6th place with a Coppa Italia Final to look forward to. Sixth place is an improvement on Inzaghi's 10th place finish from last season. Performances have also improved under Mihajlovic. In 2016 Milan have picked up wins against Inter and Fiorentina and credible draws away to Roma and Napoli. However it's against the small teams that Milan have underperformed, recently Milan have dropped points against Sassuolo, Chievo and Atlanta. Clearly Milan suffer from mentality problems when facing smaller teams, yet surely if given another season Mihajlovic will be able to build on this with some summer investment. What Mihajlovic has done is made Milan more solid and they have a clear game plan when playing. He has also managed to get the best out of players like Alex, Zapata, Abate and Kucka. Mihajlovic has made error prone Alex and Zapata look like capable defenders which is no small feat. Abate has looked much improved returning to his best under Miha and Kucka has been the best value for money signing this season costing Milan only €3 million, he has been sensational this season. His nickname 'The Tank' is fitting, his driving runs from midfield and non-stop running has been key for Milan this year. Mihajlovic also has to be given credit for having the bravery to start Donnarumma in goal for Milan. A decision that has reaped benefits as Donnarumma looks set to be a world-class keeper; Milan will be hoping to hold onto the young star in the summer. As a Milan fan myself I feel Mihajlovic has made improvements this season and I would like to see him stay on as manager. Berlusconi on the other hand might have other ideas.
If Mihajlovic is sacked after the Juventus match who will replace him? There have been many names linked with Milan over the last week with Cristian Brocchi, Eusebio Di Francesco and Marcello Lippi apparently the front-runners, some of the outsiders include Paulo Sousa, Roberto Donadoni and Rudi Garcia. Berlusconi, Galliani and Arrigo Sacchi recently had a meeting apparently to discuss who the next Milan manager should be. According to reports Sacchi advised Milan to appoint Di Francesco, Galliani likes Lippi and Berlusconi wants Brocchi. Surely the best candidate would be Di Francesco who has done excellent at Sassuolo and plays an attacking style of football Berlusconi wants at Milan. Berlusconi, however, favors Brocchi the current Milan Primavera manager and it seems Seedorf and Inzaghi have not taught Berlusconi anything. Appointing Brocchi would be a huge risk. Another gamble is not what Milan need, a proven Serie A manager like Di Francesco would surely be the best option for Milan. If Mihajlovic is sacked it will be interesting to see who takes over at the Rosseneri.
Saturday's match might decide everything. I'll be hoping Milan can get a result and continue with Mihajlovic but will Berlusconi be hoping for the same?