Why is Max Allegri still the Manager at Milan?

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ADRIANO GALLIANI has shown an unwavering faith in under-fire manager Massimilliano Allegri.

He has done so in the light of three consecutive defeats, with this weekend’s clash with Genoa representing a winnable fixture that the Rossoneri would normally would be heavy favorites in. However, after a 3-game losing streak, the Rossoneri come out with 2 points less than Genoa. If Milan are unable to triumph against Genoa, then Adriano Galliani will be faced with a real issue, what to do with the manager who would have lost 4 matches in a row for the first time since 2001-02 when Carletto Ancelotti did it.

Allegri is not without support. Arrigo Sacchi’s Gazzetta editorial in which he said that Allegri deserves the chances that Sacchi was given. Sacchi is not Allegri’s only supporter, as Adriano Galliani has reportedly shielded him against the reported desires of Silvio Berlusconi.

Malaga-Milan: Official line-ups
Malaga-Milan: The Rossoneri squad

Depending on the sources of the information, it may even be believed that Galliani is personally backing Allegri to get out of the crisis against the wishes of Silvio, who has given Allegri more time at his old friend’s request. The protection of Allegri is certainly a real thing, and there are several reasons why he is still managing Milan.

1. Severance Pay – Allegri is under contract until the end of the 2014 season. To fire him means to pay him several million euros to not to his job, and additionally to spend more money on a replacement manager.

2. Adjustments Made – It has taken Allegri a few matches, but this season he has adjusted his tactics and become more flexible. He’s addressed the issues of his previous formations (and in turn discovered new issues), however he did not do this very often with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his side.

3. It’s Not Entirely His Fault – Allegri had his best and only creative three players sold from out under him. His favorite selections in midfield and defense were no longer available (Seedorf and Nesta/Silva), and he is yet to cement a defense that is his favorite.

4. To Fire Him Now is to Blame Him – Yes Allegri has been making small mistakes in almost every single match so far, and is still exhibiting some of his old managerial missteps that have had people on his case for years (using two subs when needed a goal against Malaga). However, by and large, he has started to make the right sorts of adjustments. He saw the defense didn’t have enough support, so he added an extra DMF to his formation. This, didn’t work (in his opinion) and thus his next move was to move that man from midfield into defense and to push the wing backs further up the pitch. He’s still trying to work out how to use this team that is completely different than he had last season. It can’t be understated how important Zlatan Ibrahimovic was to this squad as he filled the striker, second striker, and trequartista roles all at the same time. As it soaks in that Zlatan is no more, Allegri has been forced to scramble in attack, trying a false 9, wingers, a trequartista, and now back to wingers. He’s trying new things this season, which is more than he’s done in previous years. It may be desperation why he’s doing it, but he still is making the necessary analysis and hopefully the right adjustments.

5. No Quality Replacement Available – Who will replace Max Allegri that can do a better job than he’s doing? Is there a candidate who can do better? I’m sure there is, but is he available? Frank Rijkaard is under contract, and any supposed discussions with him are most likely fabricated or off the record. Mauro Tassotti is available, but does he even want to take this squad? This current squad is of much lower quality than that of the last interim manager duo of Cesere Maldini and Fatih Terim. At least after Zaccheroni there was the basis for a new squad to be built, Ancelotti’s Milan. There is not enough quality on the base of this Milan, and more wages and players need to be cut before they are even back to the true “year zero” that Galliani refers to.

To say that Max Allegri is the cause of this Milan squad is erroneous. His attempts at doing his best with the squad are coming up empty, and should his results continue like this, Berlusconi and Galliani will be in a real bind, as releasing Allegri mid-season is not going to solve the problem surrounding Milan.

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King_Dom
King_Dom
8 years ago

I think these players have a lot of potential. It’s just that they haven’t peaked yet…
We need that link player between the midfield and forwards still, someone who can bring others into the game and split defenses with his passing…until we find that player…well I’ll let you be the judge.

dejan10
dejan10
8 years ago

Allegri should’ve been sacked about 3 games ago. He picks Bonera and Antonini over Mexes, Zapata and Emmanualson at left back. He can’t pick his best defence and stick with it. His formations / tactics suck — always outwitted by the opposition coach. Montolivo is fantastic as a trequarista further up the pitch but he can’t see it. He can’t motivate the players — Pato, Abate, Nocerino, Boateng… He treated Pirlo, Nesta, Gattuso, Inzaghi like crap. If I was Inzaghi I would’ve punched him. Nesta left partly because of him. He’s the only coach in the world who can’t find… Read more »

Huh
Huh
8 years ago
Reply to  Pete Acquaviva

Didn’t like what I say huh writer?

afc
afc
8 years ago

6. B&G have not idea what they are doing?

Saving money…. please, fans are getting tired of lossing.
The way i see it, we are not going to the champions next year.
By selling top players and “saving money”….we are going to lose pride and money for next year.
SO THANK A LOT B&G…..
Well i will still suport milan, no matter what
…now that i think about it, playing fifa 14 can be fun (milan in serie b, and going up) 🙂

Nocerino
Nocerino
8 years ago

Problem with Allegri is due to wrong formation & playing players out of position.

With players at our disposal we should play 4-3-3.

This is a solid first team with decent back-ups. More importantly most players are playing in right position.

Abbiati
(Amelia)

Abate Zapata Acerbi De Sciglio
(Bonera) (Mexes) (Yepes) (Antonini)

Boateng De Jong Montolivo
(Emanuelson) (Muntari) (Constant)

Robinho Pato El Sharaawy
(Bojan) (Pazzini) (Bojan/Emanuelson)

greg
greg
8 years ago
Reply to  Nocerino

I agree apart from I think Emanuelson is miles better than Boateng, Antonini and De Sciglio (though he will improve)

Idmilanista
Idmilanista
8 years ago

The last paragraph was my favourite. You made clear points.

Huh
Huh
8 years ago
Reply to  Idmilanista

Yeah, the writer made it clear that Allegri has done his best and still came up empty. That means, there is nothing else that he can do, so just empty your desk and resign.

sherbini
sherbini
8 years ago

4 years prison for berlusconi.

Juninho
Juninho
8 years ago

Delio Rossi,Rjikaard and Tassoti this is the names of the hour.

Guardiola is just a long distance dream.

Nyemasem
8 years ago

Galliani shd rather leave. He is an enemy of progress.

Forza1899Milan
Forza1899Milan
8 years ago

Allegri should field the players like the fans have requested. What does he have to lose at this point??

Gabriel
Abate – Zapata – Acerbi – Emanuelson
De Jong – Montolivo
Bojan
Pato – Pazzini – SES

Play Cristante …

cyborg
cyborg
8 years ago

milan’s approach to football is to win by entertaining, and attacking. That’s why we have 7 ucl titles, that’s why barca have won two ucl titles in the last 4 years, more than than what inter did in 36 years, a success built on ENTERTAIN AND ATTACK! Ever since allegri came along he has destroyed those corner stones of our football. Allegri is the one coach who thinks pirlo plays in the wrong position. Allegri is the one coach who doesn’t appretiate ronaldinho in his team. Allegri is the one coach who thinks boateng is can be best used anywhere… Read more »

dejan10
dejan10
8 years ago
Reply to  cyborg

Nice one. In my rant I forgot to mention his training tactics!

1five1
8 years ago

in other words @nocerino….u know better than allegri what formation to use. Ok let’s jas mail ur formation to him, oh, or mayb we shud reccomend u to berlu as his replacement. I honestly dnt know au u guys wud think dat u know what formations and players to use better than d coach who is thousands of miles closer to d players than u. U think watever observations u make he hasnt made them earlier? By d way, nice article , kip it up.

Echoops
Echoops
8 years ago

From what i’ve seen in B&G, milan is run by people with no integrity. If you’ve seen, Berlusconi may be facing jail time for tax fraud. Is anyone else bothered that this is who our beloved club is ran by? They make me sad to be a Milan supporter. Not to mention how they turned a championship team into a team facing relegation.

TWF
TWF
8 years ago

As a head coach, allegri should take responsibility why milan are tactically turning into a mediocre team. Before the season started, we had realized that boateng is not the best option for trequartista role. Some players can play behind the strikers better than boateng. They are SES, bojan and montolivo. Why is allegri so stubborn?

showband
showband
8 years ago

milan problm is galiani n allegri,allegri dnt knw ao to manage dis team

greg
greg
8 years ago

1. Severance Pay. That’s all it is

greg
greg
8 years ago

he had it right with the 4-2-3-1 and that was even without Pato. We beat Zenit and very undeservadley lost to Inter and he changed it, now we’re stuck with a 3/5 man defence. He’s an idiot!! I am furious

JaRossoneri
JaRossoneri
8 years ago

There are only 2 football teams which I have ever cared about. Milan is my 1st love, but Chelsea is my 2nd. Aside from Abramovic willing to spend money, I believe both clubs have a similar culture. Most would disagree, but with the formation Chelsea is currently playing, I believe they are better than Barcelona when Torres is in good form. Why am I talking about Chelsea? Well, I believe we should be playing the same 4-2-3-1. Allegri tried it, but he doesn’t understand who to play where. Chelsea plays with 3 AM’s who dictate the width of play and… Read more »

JaRossoneri
JaRossoneri
8 years ago

One more quick note….Every good defence needs time to gel, more so than an attack. By its very nature defence is more tactical and less technical than attack. Thus all defenders must think with one mind….Out of all the questionable decisions Allegri has made this season, his constant rotating of the defenders has been the most damaging. If you disagree with my choice for defence, fine, but we should have long ago established a starting back 4.

MuJaheeddeen
8 years ago

Berlusconi 4 years and reduced to 1 year sentence in prison for not paying tax 4 his mediaset cmp.i hope u ll use xlatan and silva money in a jail.

cyborg
cyborg
8 years ago

allegri’s focus on defense is killing us. Barca conceded 4 goals in a match and still managed to win that match. He is too focused on defending than attacking and goal scoring; he leaves goal scoring to luck, and then when we can’t score he says it bad luck. Therefor i don’t think defense is as much a bigger problem than attacking and scoring goals. If we concede first we can’t over turn the score, barca concedes four goals and still wins the match. Allegri has turned milan against its fans. He should go, soon it’l be too late. I… Read more »

ahmad
ahmad
8 years ago

day by day when i read the paper always be rumours!! There’s nothings cöncrete, we need arabian investors! Thats the answear.

TWF
TWF
8 years ago

I hate to say this but I have to admit that juve is tactically much better than milan this season. Conte’s tactic is actually simple and he might have learned from cappelo’s tactic i.e: don’t make your opponents’ life easy for the whole match. Pressure your opponents from their area. Conte’s has been successfully transferring the idea to his players. With clear ideas and good abilities in motivating his players to increase their winning mentality, conte is now turning juve into one of the most difficult team to beat. I know that the idea of sacking allegri might not be… Read more »

nick
nick
8 years ago

Berlusconi and Galliani created this mess! Selling our two best players who were also the leaders of the team on the pitch and buying mediocre players did nothing but destablized the team’s confidence and morale! And to add insult to the fans and the players they consistently over promise and under deliver on quality players. Allegri clearly does not have the confidence of the players and it shows in their attitude. He continues to play players like Montolivo,Urby and Boateng out of position as well as using the wrong formation, players and tactics. So why doesn’t Galliani fire Allegri? well… Read more »

arielmad_milan
arielmad_milan
8 years ago

The fact is.;
1. Milan is not milan used to be, under idiot coach..(strategy with 4 dm in one match) milan is born to be a champion
2. Pete a, is very very right, back alegry as long as we can until milan slow but sure,drop to seri B by alegry.
3. Milan is hopless, Mr.B will be in Jail Soon,milan will dead this year.
4. Alegry bring some fans in this blog to follow him to watch milan from bench in seri B next year
Forza alegry

nick
nick
8 years ago
Reply to  Milan

@Milan…Really good article. I wish we had more quality articles on this blog that really puts things in the right perspective. As I have said in my above post, Galliani’s refusal to sack Allegri is down to “GUILT”. His guilty for: 1.Destablizing the team by selling our best players. 2.Releasing the senators prematurely which should have been done overtime and not in one season. 3.Overpromising and underdelivering on new quality players, instead he signs mediocre players and then blame the economy-such BS! Instead of transitioning the squad wisely over time, Galliani’s actions in the transfer market this summer seem as… Read more »

Anthony
Anthony
8 years ago

Firstly everyone knows Allegri is not a “World Class” coach. However it is clear every game the players are lacking motivation. Bonera and Mexes go in each other’s way that many times against Malaga yet these are supposed to be seasoned professionals who have been at Milan for a few seasons. You don’t need to be a world class defender to have awareness of your teammates. Yet Mexes was pushing Bonera around when Milan were defending a dead ball. You can’t blame that on the coach. It is clear there is something going on in the dressing room and it… Read more »