Milan’s ultras launched a massive attack on Adriano Galliani, blaming him for Milan’s terrible situation and asking club President Silvio Berlusconi to show him the door.
Milan’s top priorities this season are finishing behind two rivals at third and winning the Coppa Italia and it’s not what the red and black supporters used to dream of at the start of the millennium. The Ultras yesterday made a press release about the current situation of Milan, launching an attack on CEO Galliani:
“We get to tomorrow night match against Lazio, living it as we have in the past on the best stages of Europe, just like only Milan could do, when others looked at us full of admiration in front of the splendor of what we lived as a normality.
“Here we are today in front of the only goal that had, in the past, always been snubbed and now seems like the trophy that can revive yet another disastrous campaign. It was created by a transfer strategy made up of vastly overpaid free agents who had little or nothing to give to Milan.
“We read that it’s the Last Chance Saloon for Pippo Inzaghi, who in reality is just yet another Coach who is given a low level squad presented as if it’s the best side in the world.
“The club put everything behind Inzaghi, albeit realizing it was his first experience and for that precise reason should be helped, supported and defended from outside attack during difficult moments.
“We have a squad of players that is the third highest-paid team in the league, and in the face of that gives little on the field and together have fallen 23 points behind the leader in just 20 games.
“The commitment and seriousness should be the basis for all players that take the field wearing the jersey of the most important team in Italy.
“We expect at least that those who go into the field should spit blood for the cause because the value shown so far can’t be the real value of each member of this squad.
“In the total disarray that we see, even the absence of key figures for the group as occurred at Juventus with Nedved or at Inter with Zanetti. At Milan we had always key men in the locker room, which unfortunately today perhaps we are lacking and so then we should set up a special corporate figure.
“Also because by saying that everything is always fine we find ourselves 60 points behind the leader in the last two years. The architect of the team’s construction is the general manager, who despite being forced to work within tight economic limitations, acts in the total absence of a project.
“He pays huge wages for players of dubious value or even throws away the little transfer budget he’s given on terrible buys like Matri (paid as much as Juventus got Tevez for), moves like Torres or other fake players presented to us as if they were champions.
“We also do not understand the situation with Mexes, who first was frozen out, then brought back and even promoted to captain on occasion, given the chance to prove he’s probably our best option in that role only after the others showed they are not up to the task.
“The GM spoke of a youth project to improve the squad, yet immediately sold Cristante and Petagna to bring in young foreigners who were paid much more and didn’t get the best out of our youth academy.
“At this point we ask the President to invest in Milan again, but also do what all good companies do and that is get rid of the person who is really responsible for this situation – that is the general manager. There are too many failures now and it is too obvious how the fans are moving away from Milan.
“We also ask to avoid declarations on an incredibly poor squad treated as if it was the real Milan, the one that was on top of the world. Just because your general manager signed expensive contracts doesn’t mean the players are actually worth very much but simply that they are overpaid compared to their value.
“Your hip hip hurrays certainly won’t make this a winning team as they’re not up to the task.
“It’s time to follow the line of innovation taken by the marketing side of the club from where we see the only positive notes coming from (editor note: it’s the aspect Barbara Berlusconi, the other Milan CEO, handles now). Like the new contract with the important return of funds by the main sponsor, which will lead to have a new stadium of our own.
“We are and we will be there forever, for AC Milan in Italy, in Europe (we hope), Everywhere…” The Curva Sud also attached a table of the wages paid by Serie A teams, which you can find here.