AC Milan have parted ways with manager Massimiliano Allegri following one of the club's worst starts to a season in decades.
Updated Tuesday, Jan. 14
Eurosport reports a press conference has been called for Tuesday afternoon to announce Clarence Seedorf as the club's new boss:
REUTERS: Clarence Seedorf has called a 1500 GMT news conference in Rio where it is expected he will confirm his new role as coach of Milan— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) January 14, 2014
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The Italian giants announced Allegri's departure via their official Twitter account on Monday morning, Jan. 13, bringing an end to the 46-year-old's three-and-a-half-year reign at the club's helm:
Milan's official website also published a statement detailing that Mauro Tassotti has been appointed caretaker manager.
Mail Online Sport speculated that youth team coach Filippo Inzaghi might be promoted from his current position in order to guide the club through the remainder of this term:
Pippo Inzaghi expected to be announced as new #ACMilan manager.— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) January 13, 2014
The Rossoneri currently sit 11th in Serie A and are a mere six points away from the relegation zone, with only one of their five wins this season coming away from the San Siro.
Last season, the club lost two home games in a row for the first time in 80 years, but they eventually recovered thanks to a turn of form in the winter.
This season has been even worse by comparison. Milan have maintained a more consistent lull in standards, as opposed to the highs and lows of their 2012-13 campaign.
The announcement falls on the back of Goal's Mark Doyle reporting that club vice president Barbara Berlusconi was considering an "urgent change" following the decline of the team's performances (more specifically, following the team's recent loss to Sassuolo).
Despite Milan boasting some of Europe's biggest names in Mario Balotelli, Kaka, Stephan El Shaarawy and more, Milan have amassed just 22 points from a possible 57 so far this term.
Eurosport's Jack Watson feels the axing may have been overdue:
That sacking was a long, long time coming for Allegri.— Jack (@JackWatson_) January 13, 2014
The drop in standards is undoubtedly linked with the wealth of pedigree that has left the club in recent years, however.
Last summer, Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's double departure to Paris Saint-Germain significantly weakened the squad in defence and attack, respectively.
Unsurprisingly, any replacements that have filled in for the pair in the meantime have failed to hit the same high standards.
The aforementioned names weren't the only big figures to have left the club in their current state, with the exits of Alexandre Pato, Andrea Pirlo, Seedorf, Antonio Cassano and a wealth of retired veterans all having their impacts, too.
However, Allegri has seemingly failed in his task of quelling that negative impact. As a result, he was relieved of his duties with the club in a pitiful state compared to that of a decade ago, when challenging for European honours and other major titles was commonplace.
And it's one of those not-so-long departed veterans, Seedorf, who seems set be given his shot as manager of the club.
Seedorf was being tipped to take over at the helm of the Italian giants at the end of the season, but his agent is reported by Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Goal.com 's Stefan Coerts) saying the Botafogo midfielder is available for the position now:
There is not much to say about everything that has been written about Seedorf, but a number of things that have been reported are incorrect.
I negotiated the contract of Clarence with Botafogo and he has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave the club without compensation on certain occasions, as long as he doesn't play for another team.
I would also like to point out that Clarence now has all the necessary papers to coach and has taken all the steps needed in Netherlands and Brazil.
For the Milan hierarchy, it seems Sunday's 4-3 loss against relegation-threatened Sassuolo was the straw that broke the camel's back.
It's a turning point in Milan's season, but whoever is given the managing reins next has a tough stretch ahead of him.