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Max Allegri's look pretty much sums up the season for AC Milan.
Massimiliano Allegri is almost certain to be out of a job this summer.
Three seasons removed from guiding the team to their first championship in seven years, the team has endured its worst start since 1981-82—the last time they were relegated from the top flight.
Milan sits in 10th place after a jarring 3-4-5 (W-D-L) record and is only in the top half thanks to goal difference over Parma.
To be fair, not everything going on at Milan is Allegri's fault. He has suffered a rash of injuries at the top of the formation. Stephan El Shaarawy and Giampaolo Pazzini have missed significant time, heaping the burden on Alessandro Matri, Robinho and Mario Balotelli—whose off-field incidents indicate he may be cracking under the strain.
The team's failures in the transfer market are likewise not Allegri's responsibility. Adriano Galliani abjectly failed to give him a much-needed upgrade in the center of his defensive line, and the acquisition of Matri—who has been an abject failure—was Galliani's doing, not Allegri's.
But Allergi is not entirely without blame. Milan's miracle comeback last year masked some tactical shortcomings. His insistence in playing Kévin Constant at left-back over budding star Mattia De Sciglio—when healthy—mystifies Milan's fans.
Allergi has a bad habit of using the wrong formation at the wrong time—such as his use of 4-4-1-1 against Chievo last weekend that gave the team little creativity and didn't muster a single goal against the league's bottom team.
It's clear that Allegri needs to go. He's never been a particular favorite of owner Silvio Berlusconi, and it was somewhat of a surprise that he stayed at the San Siro over the summer. Club legend Filippo Inzaghi, currently coaching the club's Primavera team, is waiting in the wings as a likely successor. Unless another absolute miracle happens, Allegri will almost certainly not coach this team in 2014-15.
At this point, Allegri's fate is a matter of when, not if.