Rumors have swirled around Clarence Seedorf's brief tenure at AC Milan, as the Italian media has jumped on reports that his job is in question this summer.
Of course, the rumors are outlandish, as the Dutchman has only been with the club since January when he was brought in to replace the maligned Massimiliano Allegri.
Since then, Milan have had a few ups and owns, being knocked out of both the Coppa Italia and the Champions League. However, they've been climbing up the Serie A table and could get into a Europa League position for next season.
While they're still on the outside looking in for Europe, they did recently go on a five-match win streak in Serie A—Milan's first since November 2011.
Over the weekend, Seedorf's men beat out bitter rivals Inter in the Derby della Madonnina. It was a convincing 1-0 win for the Rossoneri, who held most of the possession and created chances throughout the game.
The joyful exuberance from Adriano Galliani at the final whistle was an optimistic signal of things to come, as he's obviously pleased with the inexperienced coach who has given new life into this Milan squad.
The Rossoneri have now won six out of their last seven domestic matches, an impressive tally that speaks volumes of Seedorf's work now that he has had a few months to hash out the mistakes and give birth to his ideas.
Using Daniele Bonera as a right-back turned out to be a key move in Milan's five-match unbeaten streak where they kept four clean sheets, and the coach has shown the ability to adopt his play based on the opposition, which is a key measure to determine the tactical flexibility of a new coach.
If Seedorf were to face the sack, it would be one of the most unjust decisions in recent times.
He seems to have a great rapport with the players and is a respected figure because of his confident personality and impressive career resume. If there's anyone who understands what it means to wear the Milan kit and hoist the important trophies, it's Clarence Seedorf.
After the Derby win, fellow Dutch countryman Nigel de Jong spoke to SKY Italia (via GOAL) about Seedorf's importance.
"This victory is for Seedorf," De Jong said. "People talked too much about his position this week, but he is very important for the squad."
This seems to be the unanimous opinion in the dressing room, and it can only bode well for Seedorf's future if the leaders of the squad are openly supportive.
For a club that is desperately trying to bring Champagne football back to the San Siro, Clarence Seedorf is the man who has just the right corkscrew for the job.
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