CLARENCE SEEDORF will be sacked in the next days and Gazzetta dello Sport have an article explaining his downfall.
On January 16 2014, Clarence Seedorf replaced Massimiliano Allegri and became the new coach of Milan. Fast forward four months, the former midfielder looks set to be fired, despite achieving good results, and be replaced by Filippo Inzaghi.
Seedorf almost made it into the Europa League and while there’s no telling whether he would’ve stayed if Milan finished sixth instead of eighth (were missing just one point), in the eyes of the management he failed to meet the objective they set.
But Clarence’s immediate firing doesn’t have to do with the results but with his rapports with the people at the club. La Gazzetta dello Sport‘s Alessandro Bocci has an article which has been published today, summarizing Seedorf’s tenure as the coach of the red and black Italian club that has won 7 CL titles: “Milan, 100 days of teasing secrets and a few lies.”
Bocci writes that Seedorf has had issues with many people at Milan including President Silvio Berlusconi, CEO Adriano Galliani, his own assistant Mauro Tassotti and also with players in his own squad. Berlusconi personally chose Seedorf to replace Massimiliano Allegri, with whom he had problems, but it appears that he lost the confidence in Seedorf very quickly; as Gazzetta writes: “Seedorf lost his job at the end of the season, but his chances of staying were scarce after a few weeks.”
The first sign was the defeat to Udinese in the Coppa Italia but the real tear came on February 8th in the match against Napoli when Seedorf decided to bench captain Riccardo Montolivo, play Ignazio Abate in midfield and give Philippe Mexes the captain armband – a thing that the club didn’t like. On March 18 2014 there was a meeting, in which Galliani, Berlusconi and Barbara took part among others. In this meeting Seedorf was discussed and Silvio was informed of the new reality at Milanello and the dissatisfaction of some of the players with the presence of Seedorf and the way he handles things.
Those days were hot as between the meeting, the defeat to Parma and the elimination from the Champions League – the Curva Sud leader ‘il Barone’ said to the press that “Seedorf told us a week after arriving that he doesn’t want three quarters of the current Milan players in the squad.” Berlusconi and Galliani grew angry with the 38-year-old former Ajax & Inter man.
The club was even annoyed with Seedorf’s eating habits: he famously asked for scrambled eggs in the evening of Atletico Madrid-Milan (yes, you read that right) and also didn’t like the fact that trainings started in slight delays and of course they didn’t appreciate his words to the Curva. But there were other problems: tactics, the way he managed the locker room, his relationship with Galliani and Tassotti and the interviews he gave to the press without getting permission from the club.
Silvio was apparently disappointed with Seedorf on the tactical level. Berlusconi wanted to see Pazzini and Mario Balotelli playing together from the start but Seedorf refused, saying he wouldn’t have a striker on the bench if he did that. Berlusconi was also unhappy with the growing murmurs of the Italians in the squad and wanted to see the team playing differently.
“Clarence doesn’t listen to my tactical suggestions… I might as well have kept Allegri,” Berlusconi is rumoured to have said about ‘Dorf. The club also didn’t sanction Seedorf’s desire to bring Jaap Stam, Hernan Crespo, David Endt among others to the training staff due to their expensive costs. Even Barbara Berlusconi wasn’t in favour of such move, because Milan knew they wouldn’t have any money coming from the Champions League as they failed to finish in the 3 top Serie A spots.
Seedorf also misconducted when it came to Tassotti, in the eyes of Berlusconi. It’s said that Clarence sent an email to Tassotti, explaining to him what he can and cannot do. Mauro didn’t like it and therefore asked to leave. It’s no secret that Berlusconi wasn’t very fond of Allegri but they spoke on the phone more often than the rate in which Seedorf & Silvio talked.
“At Milan coaches don’t command – Milan command,” Galliani said. Seedorf to Milan was a marriage that was destined to fail; as Bocci writes: “Milanello is a little old world and Seedorf didn’t realize he was breaking crystals one after the other.”