If Seedorf is sacked, who could replace him?

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WE WROTE in a recent post that AC Milan boss Silvio Berlusconi is less than thrilled at the state of his club, and his recent comments seem to be just the latest indication that coach Clarence Seedorf is likely on his way out of Italy, or at least Milan.

Seedorf has remained resolutely confident in his future with the club this spring, but the facts are clear: the club underachieved, and this is one of a handful of clubs in Europe that simply refuses to remain inactive in the face of failure. All of this should make the summer months all the more interesting, as it appears that we’ll not only be eyeing potential player transfers, but also a potential coaching change.

So who could replace Seedorf if he is indeed given the axe? Here are a few candidates that could be available, interesting, and appropriate, other than the likelier options that are reported in the Italian press: Filippo Inzaghi, Roberto Donadoni, Luciano Spalletti and even Vincenzo Montella.

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Diego Simeone

Okay, so I may have just broken away from the concept of a coach being “available,” but in European football the right price often snags the prize and Simeone would be quite the prize. The young coach and former Argentine star was mentioned by Bleacher Report a year ago as a potential replacement for Massimiliano Allegri (and boy would that have been nice!). All he’s done since is lead Atletico Madrid to one of its strongest seasons in history, with the club currently preparing for a Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 24 in Lisbon. Simeone is an exciting coach who inspires a high energy style that could work beautifully for AC Milan, though realistically he’s not a very likely replacement should Seedorf be fired.

Tim Sherwood

He may not be the hottest name on the coaching circuit, but Tim Sherwood could be a far more realistic option than Diego Simeone, and may actually be somewhat intriguing. The Betfair football news section recently wrote that Sherwood is all but gone at Tottenham Hotspur, and as a curious side note, there are even rumours already that ex-AC Milan coach Allegri could be in the running for that job. But would AC Milan really have any interest in bringing Sherwood in? There’s no strong rumour to that effect just yet, but Sherwood is relatively young (at just 45), wasn’t exactly given a fair chance at Tottenham, and is known to favour an attacking style. It’s one that could play well for a Milan team with talent up top that still managed only a +7 goal differential through 37 matches played in Serie A. Plus, he’d be more affordable than some bigger options.

Mauricio Pochettino

Another Premier League candidate with, perhaps, not the impact name AC Milan supporters might be hoping for, Pochettino is an intriguing candidate. Tribal Football wrote a brief blurb in late April claiming that AC Milan’s disgruntled ownership has already made contact with and expressed interest in Pochettino, which could be the beginning of something exciting for Milan. Pochettino, once a standout Argentine defenseman, is thought to have a meticulous and brainy approach to coaching. In particular, he seems to be adept at establishing a stout defence. Only five Premier League teams allowed fewer goals on the season than Pochettino’s Southampton team, and that sort of defensive success on a club with the natural scoring talent of AC Milan (assuming Mario Balotelli sticks around) could make for a very well rounded club moving forward.

All things considered, it may be a little early for speculation on a replacement for Clarence Seedorf, seeing as he’s not formally been dismissed just yet. But the language coming from the ownership certainly bodes ill for Seedorf. If the seemingly inevitable sacking occurs, these will be some names to watch (or at least hope) for.

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ardian >>FORZA MILAN
ardian >>FORZA MILAN
7 years ago

seedorf, I never did like him as a player and never did like him that he dint give the 10 shirt to ronaldinho, but i like him as a coach he is great he step up and took over ac milan in the worst condition that a new coach can take over, and stabilized the team and the performance, and milan is doing good right now despite loss to Atlanta i believe 4-2-3-1 formation will had a better chance as you can have el-sh, kaka/honda, balo, tarab, on the pitch at the same time, but Seedorf have a plan over… Read more »

JaRossoneri
JaRossoneri
7 years ago

At this point, why would a good coach want to work under B&G? They are not willing to spend on the transfer market, and are quick to publicly humiliate their coach and club legend. If I were any of these guys I would think hard before I took the job. B&G don’t know when to keep their mouths shut. Not only are we in danger of loosing Adil and Adel, but with the way Seedorf has been treated, if he is fired, we can forget about Doria. We can forget about any young Dutch talents. We can forget about Cerci… Read more »

indo milanista
indo milanista
7 years ago
Reply to  JaRossoneri

Yes you are right if seedorf goes no doria, no chance to sign Maher, Zero chances for tim krul, everything will have to start from beggining

Alvo96
Alvo96
7 years ago

DI MATTEO

indo milanista
indo milanista
7 years ago

According to me… PIPPO should replace seedorf….
NEXT season we are no where in Europe and youth development can be at its best…..
NO ONE KNOWS OUR YOUTH SQUAD BETTER THAN PIPPO
SO IN MY OPINION IT SHOULD ME INZAGHI…

Cowmagnet
Cowmagnet
7 years ago

If Seedorf is let go (which I don’t believe he deserves, but that’s beside the point), Pippo should be his replacement for 2 reasons: 1) He’s done great with the kids, and 2) B&G can’t treat him as badly as they can treat Seedorf. Super Pippo is more loved by the fans. This is no knock on Clarence as a player, but the fans, for one reason or another, LOVED Pippo. The Ultras will actually defend Pippo, if needed, rather than seemingly do nothing when a former Milan star, and decent coach is being so amazingly disrespected. Seedorf is better… Read more »

Milanista121
Milanista121
7 years ago
Reply to  Cowmagnet

You took the words right out of my mouth, this is exactly what I feel about the situation. I truly hope that Seedorf stays, but if anyone will replace him, it should be Pippo.
And honestly, they kept on clamouring on about a Milan man as our next coach, we’ve got Clarence, and now Montella and Spalletti are being rumoured along with Donadoni, although an old Milan man, but still an average coach.
Seedorf or Pippo. It would be beautiful to see them work side by side though.

Lumen.
7 years ago

I think Seedorf will stay because our facebook page reported that Pippo will still coach the Primevera next season,and i don’t know how or where B & G will get the 10m if Seedorf leaves,they will pay 10m and then a buyout clause for either Montella,Spaletti or Donadoni,and then the summer transfer budget.
However,Allegri was rumoured to be sacked in 2012,but it materialized in 2014,so B&G have no reason to sack Seedorf.

Hasowayne
Hasowayne
7 years ago

Oh I know.. My father..!!! He’ll sign a three year contract and Galliani will buy any player he deems fit, we use them like that and middle of season. ”My father is crazy” he gets sacked and we get 10 to 15 million euros. Yaaay..Good job. Berlusconi and Galliani have clearly lost their minds. Even if we get Gaurdiola and you are not willing to give him all the necessary support he needs to work, he’ll also end up getting sacked and gets paid for that too..

@simeonoboh_
@simeonoboh_
7 years ago

i woouldnt bet on Inzaghi… even if he is more experienced than dorf, i’ll stick with seedorf. Inzaghi isnt even doing anything spectacular with the youth team.

sulexdinho olawale pato

Yeahhh that s true maybe inzaghi will later become a great coach…but not now likewise seedorf

dejan10
dejan10
7 years ago

Looks like other baldy Spalletti is front runner… what a joke.

tony75
tony75
7 years ago
Reply to  dejan10

Hmmm. Interesting. Maybe it’s a hair thing? Anyone know what Dr. Evil is doing nowdays? He’s ok with 1 million dollars for taking over the world. Reckon we can get away with 20 grand for the Milan job.

Pa ibra
Pa ibra
7 years ago

the only person i guess who can coach this team without being hunt by the board i think is mr berlusconi. would love to see galliani as his assistant. Lets give em a chance!!

the referee
the referee
7 years ago

Who is Sherwood?. Mate, what is Milan going to do with this strange choices?

pele80
pele80
7 years ago

Galliani would replace him

Ørjan Misund
Ørjan Misund
7 years ago

Milan need to invest in players. not managers. No one can do what B&G expect with this team. Get a team first then start talking about who is the best choice or not. Right now seedorf is as good as anyone. The directors are blinded by the past. Get a clue retards.

Milanzah
Milanzah
7 years ago

All the coaches named there are not good for milan except for Simone…..who can’t bear B&G nonsense either

MilanFreak
MilanFreak
7 years ago

-Pointless article, did anyone of you read anything about a Goalkeeper or Marchetti is still with one leg over Milanelo?

Greg
Greg
7 years ago

Lol Tim Sherwood, I’m pretty sure he only speaks English

Fideks
7 years ago

Milan must spent alot of money to buy world classic players