Clarence Seedorf's future almost certainly hinges on next week's Milan derby. The Dutchman has steadied the ship since taking over from Allegri in January, but doubts remain over whether he's done enough to prove that he's the right man for the job long term.
Speaking to the Italian media after the Roma game (here in English via goal.com), he said:
Now we prepare for Inter. We move forward.
I saw Milan play in a dignified way against a side that have been doing well since the start of the season. There’s no shame in losing against a side like this. They believe strongly in their title chances. We’ve got 15 points from six matches. The team are on the right road.
I do what I can and I think that the team are doing well. There are particular years in the league where the top teams are way ahead of the rest but all credit to Juventus and Roma who are having great seasons.
Even with Milan's run of wins recently, they still look like a club in crisis and were undeniably poor against Roma.
It's true that it's been an outstanding season for the capital side, and while it would be unfair to judge Seedorf solely on how he does against teams like the Giallorossi or Juve—both of whom are some way ahead of the Rossoneri in terms of quality and organisation—it was the manner of the defeat that raises questions.
At no point in the game at the Olimpico did Milan look in control; a club with such a rich history deserves better from its players.
Seedorf's history with the club means that the romantics will want him to be given a chance, and in fairness, it's something he probably deserves. The harsh competitive and financial realities of modern football, however, hold no such sentiments. Club legend or not, he needs to win.