AC Milan's current position is much healthier than it was just two short months ago. Prior to their crunch-ties with Malaga in the Champions League, they were languishing down in 15th in Serie A.
Now, having successfully made it through to the next round of Europe's premier competition—despite only a point from the two games against the Spanish—the Rossoneri also find themselves in a much more respectable seventh in the league.
But should this really be enough to save coach Massimiliano Allegri's job?
When Allegri took the job at Milanello two and half years ago, he was inheriting a side that was failing to live up to past glories. His predecessor, Carlo Ancelotti, had brought great success to the club—particularly in Europe, where he twice won the Champions League—but Milan, much like perennial rivals Juventus, had struggled to rebound from the Calciopoli scandal.
Allegri came in and won the Scudetto in his first year at Milan. In his second, Milan were runners-up, only losing out to an undefeated Juventus side
It could, therefore, be argued that Allegri has earned the faith that has been shown in him this year. Despite his European victories, Ancelotti only once triumphed in Serie A during eight years with the club.
Allegri equalled this at his first attempt and should possibly have doubled it at his second, given that Milan led the table during the season's final third.
And yet there is still the feeling that Allegri's seat on the Milan bench is now only being kept warm for his successor.
In this article we look at the reasons for this, and why, underneath the statistics, it is actually justified.