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This is going to be top of the To Do List at Milanello.
Allegri's relationship with the club's owner has been strained for some time, but he's managed to act professionally throughout, even as he resigned, and while he guides the team through the rest of the season, the club should be acting the same way and searching for the right manager—rather than a flashy or gimmick option like Clarence Seedorf—to take over in the summer.
Speaking to the press, Allegri said:
I spoke to Adriano Galliani prior to Christmas about the decision to leave the club in June. We're professional and we have to work well to the end of the contract. I've had four years here, and I thank president Berlusconi, Galliani and the club for having given me the chance to lead an important team.
It was a dignified statement from a man who's been dragged through more than his fair share of undignified scraps while at the Rossoneri.
Professionalism is far from a given when Silvio Berlusconi is involved, but the former Italian prime minister will need to be on his best behaviour when choosing a new coach. Allegri's far from perfect, but the former Cagliari boss has been a faithful servant to the club and managed to bring success in a difficult time.
The club—and its supporters—will do well to remember that Allegri inherited a geriatric team and had his best players sold. Despite that, he's won the league and somehow managed to keep his side in European contention. Plenty of other managers would have failed miserably in his position.
If the new guy slips up, Berlusconi & Co. might soon be wishing they hadn't treated Allegri so poorly, because with a less-capable manager, this current side is mid-table at best.