AC Milan: Rossoneri Should Sack Allegri After Champions League Draw

Jack Alexandros RathbornContributor IIISeptember 18, 2012

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 18:  Nigel De Jong of AC Milan and Lucas Biglia #5 of RSC Anderlecht compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League group C match at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 18, 2012 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Milan might very well be considered to be in crisis after a 0-0 draw with Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

That may seem excessive, but Italian football has never been known for its patience. The Rossoneri have started the season with one win, two losses and a draw from their opening four matches, which is completely unacceptable in the view of the most prominent figures at Milan.

It all started when Adriano Galliani vented his discontent after Milan's dismal performance in a 5-1 defeat to Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly. The former Cagliari manager bemoaned the losses of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the aftermath, but Milan's vice-president refused to accept such excuses, stating that he would not "tolerate" such an embarrassing defeat.

In truth, Allegri has stifled Milan's creativity in the past three seasons since taking the reigns at the San Siro, sanctioning the sales of Ronaldinho and unforgivably, Andrea Pirlo. On a smaller scale, Allegri has allowed the mercurial talent of Alexander Merkel to walk away from the club twice, despite the fact that the current squad could use the German's vision and imagination.

The team news for Tuesday's Champions League encounter at home to Anderlecht would have left the vast majority of Milanistas in despair, as Allegri sent out an uninspiring line-up that only included one striker, Giampaolo Pazzini. The fact that the Rossoneri's sole source of creativity is coming from Kevin-Prince Boateng is staggering for a club of Milan's magnitude.

Yes, now is the time for Allegri to go, and if it does not happen before the weekend, it will not be long before the idea is revisited.

Regardless of the summer departures, Allegri's ideas have been sparse, persistently failing to sense the need for a change and ultimately blundering when the substitutions were eventually made.

A clear sign of this was when Urby Emanuelson was hauled off in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Atalanta, despite being one of Milan's better players. Kevin Constant was sent on, which would not have intimidated La Dea given that the utility midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements at Genoa last season, a side who marginally survived relegation.

Allegri's tactics are simply mundane for a club with such a rich tradition of winning with entertaining football from the days of Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten; it is no wonder that rumours have circulated about the manager's future.

Without the ability to entertain no matter the result, as does Roma's Zdenek Zeman, the tolerance from the fans begins to wane, and the pressure on the board to enforce a change begins to rise.

Allegri's relationship with his players has always seemed distant, another potential reason to sense that his time with the Rossoneri is coming to an end. Milan legend Gennaro Gattuso vented his dissatisfaction at the lack of chemistry that he shared with his former manager once he joined Swiss club Sion. Robinho has also showed signs that there is a lack of harmony in the squad, gesticulating furiously when he was subbed in the 1-0 defeat to Sampdoria on the opening day of the season.

It appears as if the players are not playing for the manager anymore, a key factor for many boards who eventually decide to part company with their manager.

The reaction from the San Siro crowd at the final whistle on Tuesday evening was highly hostile, and there would not be many tears shed if Allegri was to be given his marching orders in the coming days.

Part of the reason why Allegri should be sacked is that the season can still be salvaged. Galliani must ultimately realise that the scudetto is beyond the realms of probability, but finishing outside of the top three is becoming a distinct possibility if Allegri is allowed to continue.

Such a scenario would be an unmitigated disaster, as the club is in the midst of financial struggles that would plummet the club in to further crisis without the riches that Champions League football brings.

Mauro Tassotti and Filippo Inzaghi have been linked with temporarily replacing Allegri until next summer, when Milan would review the situation. If Milan want to ensure they can reap the rewards of Champions League football next season, facilitating Allegri's exit should become a necessity sooner rather than later.