While Inter are joyous, after reaching the Champions League finals, the mood in AC Milan is solemn. The most illustrious team in Italy is headed in the wrong direction.
Leonardo took over the reigns of AC Milan just under a year ago and already news has emerged that he will be fired at the end of the season.
“Leo was too stubborn and the team played badly. However, he is a good person and a good coach.” So Mr Berlusconi thinks that if not for the coaching, AC Milan could have won the Scudetto? Ridiculous.
Inter are the leaders and rightly so. Enough talk about them. Roma did well under Ranieri. Kudos to them, but Ranieri is a wise coach who knows to get the best with what he has.
Leonardo is a young coach who is still mastering the art and he already has AC Milan in third place. Surely if he is given time, the next season will see improved results. And third position with the Milan team is not a bad record, is it?
What AC Milan needs now is not a new coach but an injection of youth into the team. The old guard is getting older and the next generation of stars are still missing in San Siro.
Has Berlusconi done that? No. An old Beckham and Ronaldinho are who came into the team after the sale of their inspirational talisman, Kaka, to Real Madrid. And now rumors are circling that Pato could also be sold at the end of the season to make cash available.
And when the cash becomes available, expect some to go towards Leonardo's payoff and a new contract for a new manager.
Managing a team like AC Milan may be a dream for some, but without the owner providing any cash for buying new talent, the manager will be powerless just like Leonardo was.
Also, the humiliating way in which Berlusconi has announced the exit of Leonardo will only make self-respecting managers wonder if they would want to work under him.
Teams can buy good players, good facilities, and good managers; it is a pity they cant "buy" good owners.
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