MILAN AND Seedorf’s entourage are in a fight of words and it’s revealed that most of the squad didn’t like the coach.
The Rossoneri already have a new coach in the form of Filippo Inzaghi but it’s still not over between Milan and Seedorf. The Dutchman was fired after just a few months in the job despite the good results, apparently for angering the wrong people.
Many fans were against the sacking of Dorf as the team played better than they did under Allegri. Some of the reasons for his firing were reported in the press and the players also spoke about incompatibility between them and the coach.
“Seedorf? There wasn’t much harmony, the decision to sack him is for the good of Milan,” captain Riccardo Montolivo said this week. Nigel De Jong has always defended Seedorf and Kaka claimed that ‘we are all behind Seedorf’ but according to La Gazzetta dello Sport that was far from the case as most of the players in the Milan squad were against coach Clarence.
There were reportedly disagreements between the players and Seedorf regarding the methods of work. Milan and Seedorf could not find an agreement over compensation pay so they owe Seedorf €10 million (payments will stop once he finds a new job) but the Dutchman has a legal team ready to sue Milan over moral and material damages and Italy’s former Minister of Labour, Tiziano Treu, has already confirmed he is assisting Clarence Seedorf in his lawsuit against the club.
“It is all very curious that suddenly certain players and other people come out with complaints and negative things about Seedorf,” said the agent of the four-time UEFA Champions League winner, Deborah Martin. “Just a few months ago when another Coach was fired and no-one was allowed to say a word, nothing has been said. As well as this, players were not allowed to complain about the Coach when there were difficulties. They were asked to resolve them with the Coach and so it was. Remember that Seedorf has been a Milan player up to two years ago…despite what is said, he knows Milan.
“He has considered Milan as family for more than 10 years. He knows well the structure of the team and company also. And for this he was called to leave his career as a footballer, despite being loved in Brazil and about to take part in another competition. Generally, at international clubs of this level, it is against the rules for players and employees of the company to make these kind of statements without informing or obtaining permission from the club,” added the agent of Seedorf.
Milan reacted to Martin’s accusations that the club told the players to speak poorly of Seedorf. “Milan states that the interviews of some of its people, who seem to have aroused the wonder of Deborah Martin, agent to Seedorf, were made by the authors as an expression of their own thoughts, without preventative action whatsoever by the club,” a statement reads.
The legal battle between Milan and Seedorf is set to continue. Clarence played 10 years in the red and black shirt from 2002 to 2012 and he was one of the most notable players in the squad of Carlo Ancelotti when Milan won the UCL.