Not three months have passed, and Clarence Seedorf has already had to answer questions about the safety of his job. Only three times this century have AC Milan changed managers midseason, but the Rossoneri have already reportedly thought about firing him.
His record isn’t great. As a first-time manager, Seedorf has only won six of his 15 games in charge of the club.
Currently eight points behind Parma and the final Europa League place, Milan could still chase down a spot in the UEFA competition.
Meanwhile, one point away from 40, they certainly won’t be relegated—unless they go ahead and lose all eight remaining matches.
Milan lost heavily to Atletico Madrid, but they also looked better. They played with urgency. They actually looked like they wanted to win the game.
Seedorf inherited a group short on confidence and strength. For the first few weeks, he specifically complained about the fitness levels of his players, according to Gazzetta (via FIFA.com). This is not his squad.
The team isn't any worse or better. Seedorf has done a good job as a caretaker. The rest of this season is a trial, and so far, despite all the alarms, he has passed the early test. Here are a few reasons why.