CLARENCE SEEDORF has announced he’s retired from football and will be the coach of Milan for the next 2.5 years.
Milan only sacked Allegri yesterday after the shameful 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo but they already have a new coach and it’s non-other than Silvio Berlusconi’s very own choice Clarence Seedorf who until this morning was still an active player.
Berlusconi wanted to appoint Seedorf already in the last summer but in the end Allegri stayed and coached Milan in the first months of this Serie A season, perhaps some of the worst months Milan have had in recent memory. It’s ‘Dorf time now.
“I’m here to announce that I will retire from playing football now. I stop playing football after 22 years. It was a tough night but I’m satisfied with what I’ve done in my career and with what I did with Botafogo,” Seedorf, who will land in Italy tomorrow at the Linate airport at 18:40 CET / Italy time, said in a press conference he held on Tuesday. “I will be Milan’s next coach.
“I’ve learned many things at Botafogo and this experience has made me grow a lot. It will help me in my new job as Milan’s coach. My experience at Botafogo was intense. The thing I really learned was to adapt to any situation, even the most difficult ones. I could not say no to President Silvio Berlusconi when he called me, after having spent 10 years at Milan. I like challenges, and coaching Milan will be another challenge in my career The sacking of Allegri was crucial for my decision.
“The call from Galliani only came yesterday. I don’t know which formation I will use at Milan. I’ve played with seven of the current players, and that will help me. I made the decision to join Milan today, but last night was a difficult night for me. But I made the right choice. When I told my kids that I would be returning to Milan, they went all quiet. But they aren’t against it.
“Coaching Milan is a dream come true for me. I’m very happy about the opportunity that Milan have given me, and I’m very motivated. Galliani called me while I was training, and it was really a surprise for me. A possible Club World Cup final between Botafogo and Milan? I would really like that. Botafogo have to think big,” continued the 37-year-old, who played 432 games, won the Champions League – twice – with the Milan shirt and scored 62 goals in all competitions from 02-12.
“I spent a lot of time at Milan, so it’s only normal that I have a special relationship with them. I want to keep on helping, not on the pitch, but off it, by commanding my players. I have the courage to follow my heart from time to time. The heart is hardly ever wrong. Being a coach? I’ve always wanted to become a coach, but I didn’t know when it would happen.
“When you get an opportunity you have to take it.” Seedorf will become the first Dutch to ever coach a Serie A team and the 2nd black man to do so. Jaap Stam and Hernan Crespo could join Seedorf’s coaching staff next season. The idea is to get a coach for each department so Stam would be the assistant (his current role at Ajax) and the defenders coach, Seedorf head coach and midfielders coach and Crespo would coach the forwards. Mauro Tassotti will leave at the end of the year.
Milan haven’t made Clarence’s appointment official yet and Tassotti will coach Milan against Spezia Calcio in the Coppa Italia tomorrow. Seedorf will be the coach for the next 2.5 years and it’ll be his first-ever experience as a coach at any level.