AC Milan: 5 Candidates Who Could Replace Massimiliano Allegri

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMay 11, 2013

AC Milan: 5 Candidates Who Could Replace Massimiliano Allegri

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    Even if Massimiliano Allegri takes AC Milan back to the UEFA Champions League next season, there's no guarantee he'll be around to enjoy it.

    President Silvio Berlusconi has seemingly signaled a change in direction is needed and has criticised Allegri, much to the the disgust of club captain Massimo Ambrosini (per Football Italia):

    A lot will depend on what is going through the President’s mind. I don’t know what he’s thinking, but I do know that when the President gets something into his head, he rarely changes his mind.

    Here, we look at five managers who could take the helm at the San Siro next season should Berlusconi pull the trigger.

Walter Mazzarri

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    Walter Mazzarri looks set to leave Napoli this season, as his contract is expiring and it's becoming increasingly clear that this season was now or never for the Partenopei.

    Mazzarri is one of world football's premier tactical minds and would likely relish the chance to latch on to another set of world-class attackers in Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.

    He's a trend-setter and knows Serie A well. Moving to a bigger club in the division is a logical step.

Marcelo Bielsa

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    Wouldn't this be entertaining?

    Volatile owner, even more volatile head coach. Marcelo Bielsa could positively light up AC Milan, and we're all desperate to see him coach in the UEFA Champions League.

    He's struggled at Athletic Bilbao this season after key departures and a loss of form from Iker Muniain, and he looks likely to part ways with the club whether they stay up or not.

Frank de Boer

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    Since taking over at Ajax, Frank de Boer has collected three consecutive Eredivisie winners' medals.

    That's impressive, but what will irk him deep down is that his best players keep departing through the revolving door at the Amsterdam ArenA.

    Toby Alderweireld has gone to Roma now, and Christian Eriksen is seemingly a lock to leave. Why not sample another historic club that can keep hold of its players?

    De Boer has learnt a lot from Pep Guardiola's style of play and could bring an entertaining brand to San Siro.

Diego Simeone

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    Diego Simeone has done a fantastic job at Atletico Madrid and, like Walter Mazzarri, will be wondering if this is as far as they can go.

    Radamel Falcao is set to leave this summer and Simeone knows any elite player he takes to the Vicente Calderon will end up leaving soon after they catch fire.

    The infamous Argentine has already shown that he's a potentially world-class manager in the making.

Wild Card: Tite

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    Our wild-card suggestion is Tite, current manager of Corinthians.

    He led Time do Povo to victory over Chelsea in the Club World Championship earlier this season and his man management skills are frequently lauded as some of the best in the game.

    He's been a manager since 1990, but only ventures from Brazil on rare occasions. It would be fantastic to see him try his hand at a major European side.