5 Reasons Why Clarence Seedorf Needs to Stay with AC Milan

Matteo BonettiContributor IApril 9, 2014

5 Reasons Why Clarence Seedorf Needs to Stay with AC Milan

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    A recent report from Corriere dello Sport (h/t Football Italia) claimed that Clarence Seedorf would get sacked if he didn't keep Milan in Europe.

    A club that has been noted for their storied history, stability and professionalism has suddenly turned dysfunctional, enduring their worst season since the early 1980s.

    It all starts with the coach, and a slew of poor performances from the club were pegged on Seedorf this calendar yeareven though plenty of the criticism was unwarranted.

    Here are five reasons why Seedorf must stay with the club. 

Seedorf Wants to Bring Back Champagne Football

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    Even though Seedorf still has plenty of kinks to work out in his side, he does have a clear idea of what he wants to see and what formation he wants the team to adopt in the long run.

    He knows a thing or two about aesthetically pleasing football, so ever since his appointment, it has been Seedorf's mission to bring back champagne football.

    Gone is the 4-3-3 and any other variant of it, which featured prominently under Massimiliano Allegri.

    The 4-2-3-1 is now the preferred option, as it really takes advantage of the wealth of attacking options Milan have.

    The coach now has the entire summer to continue bringing in players that fit his tactical ideologies, so expect wholesale changes throughout the squad and a very different look next season.

Continuity Is the Key

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    Any coaching change comes with growing pains and also sets the club back a few months, as the players have to learn the nuances of having a new manager with different ideals.

    Seedorf's ways started with a bit of rust, as one would expect. The 4-2-3-1 that employs four front men without much pace can be exploited. However, as we've seen in recent weeks, it's the perfect antidote against mediocre sides that can't deal with that amount of skill up top.

    Milan now have won three in a row domestically and the players have bought into Seedorf's mentality.

Seedorf Knows What It Takes to Win the Big Trophies

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    Seedorf is one of the most successful players of the last two decades. The Dutchman is the only individual to have won an astonishing four Champions League trophies with three different clubs.

    He is intelligent and has a strong personality—all of which provides him with the foundation to become a successful coach. The players respect his laundry list of accomplishments and are likely to truly buy into his philosophy.

    It's obvious that his inexperience will show and that there will be growing pains, but the former Milan player will look to use his wealth of contacts in the Dutch league to pluck some of Europe's finest young prospects and mold them into future Rossoneri legends.

    He'll do this while teaching the players what it means to be a winner.

The Squad Will Undoubtedly Improve

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    Seedorf can have peace of mind in knowing that it really can't get any worse than it did in his first few months in charge.

    Despite the criticism, Milan have a roster with plenty of quality that needs a few signings this summer to make them competitive again.

    Once the likes of Stephan El Shaarawy get back on track, it will be interesting to see just how far this team can go domestically next season without any European distraction. 

Seedorf Understands Milan

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    The Milan jersey and emblem carry a heavy significance and have to be understood.

    Clarence Seedorf is the embodiment of what the Rossoneri stand for and can translate this type of passion and honor to the younger generation.

    Even though Milan have stooped to lows that haven't been seen in decades, they have the resources to get back into a more competitive state with players that should be proud of wearing the Milan colors.

    If there's anyone that understands this type of sentimentality, it's Seedorf.