Milan want Ancelotti to replace Inzaghi, there’s cautious optimism but the cost is high

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Real Madrid's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015.   AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIEN        (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ancelotti gestures during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. (GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Carlo Ancelotti’s days at Real Madrid are believed to be numbered and Milan remain hopeful that they will be able to sign him, according to reports.

Silvio Berlusconi stated this week that he has found himself ‘at odds’ with coach Filippo Inzaghi on several occasions and it seems pretty much certain that Pippo won’t be around at Milan next season.

Milan have so far been linked with a few managers, most of them with a big name but it looks like the dream is clear and it has a name: Carlo Ancelotti.

As reported by Sky Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport, Ancelotti is expected to face the sack at Real Madrid in the coming days with a phone call from Florentino Perez possibly coming this Sunday. Manchester City, Bayern Munich (and even Barcelona if Luis Enrique loses to Juventus) are all potential places Ancelotti could go according to Sky but Gianluca Di Marzio claims there is ‘cautious optimism’ in the red and black side of Milano that the former coach could return to the club.

If Ancelotti were to be sacked, he will evaluate his future with his family and coming back to a place where he won the Champions League four times (twice as a player and twice as a manager) could be an interesting solution for him, and a great challenge, considering the current state of Milan.

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 13:  (L-R) Massimiliano Allegri the head coach of Juventus and Carlo Ancelotti the head coach of Real Madrid shake hands prior to kickoff during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Allegri and Ancelotti shake hands prior to kickoff during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2015. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

There are many problems of course, one of them being the cost of Ancelotti. Carletto is on a contract with Real Madrid until 2016 worth €7.5m per season plus bonuses, and so Gazzetta writes today that only if Ancelotti is fired and gets a severance package (€5-6m) then the move could be feasible. The pink paper believes Milan cannot spend more than €2.5m in wages for a coach.

Adriano Galliani’s relationship with Perez could play a part as it always does and Silvio Berlusconi’s dream of having an Italian team could get a boost by hiring arguably the best Italian coach today. In any case, there are also alternatives lined-up should the Rossoneri fail to tempt Ancelotti back.

Unai Emery of Sevilla has reportedly received an offer from Milan while Montella of Fiorentina, Italy boss Conte and also Empoli’s Maurizio Sarri all have their names written in Milan’s notebook.

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Hasowayne

In Ancelotti, we get someone that won’t be Galliani’s puppet, but at the same time… Ancelotti prefers proven players to young and upcoming players, so if Berlusconi is ready to spend big with the FFP laws being relaxed soon, then it would be a good move. On the other hand, if Berlusconi ain’t ready to spend big and he ain’t willing to sell the club, it would be wise to just settle for a coach who believes in nurturing young and hungry upcoming talents and knows how to bring out the best in them. I think first and foremost, we… Read more »

Keshan

i agree with everything else but no one can blame Inzaghi for what has happened to the club…the club was already close to crashing when he took over….most of the team members that he had are very ignorant and doesnt deserve to be in a Milan shirt.

Octavius

Carlo’s our best option IMHO. Klopp and Emery are unproven outside their leagues. Best example of this is Pep, destroyed one of the best teams ever assembled. Sarri could be another Allegri, a good provincial coach that might not be able to handle the pressure, big egos of players and owners and the spotlight of coaching a big club like Milan. And as far as not playing youth I think it was him that the most youth of any of our previous coaches. Pippo doesn’t, Clarence was never given enough time and Allegri needed a loaded gun to his head… Read more »

Hasowayne

Well, I was objective in my opinion… With Ancelotti, Berlusconi needs to pump in quite a lot of money.

Octavius

Oh for sure. Totally agreed with your assessment Hasowayne. Carlo can basically walk on into any coaching job so luring him here would require management to be serious and reach deep into their pockets.
I would really like to see Carlo have more power at the club this time around. A director/manager role that SAF had and Wenger enjoys currently. Then he really could tell Fester to shove it if he wants an Eto’o and gets a over the hill Ronnie.

Milaniac

Even Bayern, Barca and other big clubs don’t get sentimental with players they should have. Face it B, potential stars in italian football has declined massively. What matters is players who are able to deliver irrespective of where they come from! Okk i agree it worked once but thats a total orthodox compared to this modern day football. You wanna get back to glory? Then get scouts working! Deploy them to every part of the world including the antarctica and comb out good players!

phildadon86

He doesn’t want an all italian milan. Just mostly italian. When we won the Champions League in 2007 we were mostly italian. He wants the backbone of the team to be italian and the superstars to be of other heritage. At least that’s how I’m understanding it.

Yaser7

But back then our Italian backbone was of the highest quality, not the mediocrity that we keep being linked to.

natti

Klopp is a better option – he is what Milan need – I love Ancelotti don’t get me wrong and would really love to see him on our bench again as we have lacked a great coach since he left (Allegri can prove me wrong here-but was below par with us after the 1st season) Klopp managed with 40/50 million buy world class players who after a season their prices went up drastically for instance the ex Milan Aubamayang who is already touted at around 40m – how can we let a player like that go and keep on Bonera… Read more »

hope

I dont think klopp is a good option, ofcourse he brought dortmund high in last 4 years, but because of last year not going anywhere i doubt he has the will to progress from the start at milan. But for Emery Unai it would be a challenge, he looks like having respect in Sevilla, holding discipline and that is what i want milan have in coach. If they’ll listen to him we will be high.

nick

Here we go again with Galliani and company. Another stupid decision to pursue Ancelotti. Bottom line is we can’t afford him and he has no faith in youth and Milan won’t spend like Real Madrid, Chelsea and Man City. So what’s the point in even wasting time on a coach we can’t afford because of his legacy. Why not get someone like Maurizio Sarri or Unai Emory and work on a sensible 3yr plan to rebuild the team for long term. This way we groom players like El Sharaawy and Mastour into world class players. That makes a lot more… Read more »

dejan10

I have to say I’m torn on bringing Ancelotti back. Can anyone think of an occasion when an old coach came back and managed to relive past glories?

ma.usa

Mourinho with Chelsea

dejan10

Okay. One guy. And he didn’t exactly set Europe alight.

Sheva

Doesnt matter whos replacing at this time, i would replace inzaghi with a donkey right now.. i just want to see inzaghi gone, and please take poli with you

phildadon86

Ancelotti doesn’t like youth? I seem to recall kaka having his best season with Milan under Ancelotti and he was youngggggg

ma.usa

Pato as well

Hasowayne

@Philadon86 Kaka and Pato though were young, but were already proven and their names were all over the media. Not that he doesn’t like youth, but he somehow doesn’t have trust in RAW talent.. We need a coach who’s willing to trust and be patient with these raw talents and nurture them into super stars…! Remember how much Pato was signed?

m.a.usa

We aigned pato for 8 million.
We also signed kaka for 8 million.

And keep in mind we signed Bona for 8 million too

Hasowayne

Pato 8m? Are you joking? Pato was signed for €22m at that age… Know your stuff..! It was Kaka that was signed for 8.5 million Euros. As for Bonera? I don’t know where you got that from, but if Milan truly did sign him for 8m, then Galliani must be an INTER FAN..

Vanik

Bona is Bonaventura so instead of only correcting someone try to understand what they are trying to say. Listen to understand. But you listened to reply.
Bona isnt even close to Bonera so with a little thought you couldve understood that he meant Bonaventura because Bona is short for Bonaventura not Bonera…

ma.usa

alright I apologize. I got the pato information wrong. no need to go on the offensive man

ma.usa

Those saying Ancelotti is not good with youth leave me speechless. This is a list of young players Ancelotti turned into world class: 1- Pato was 18 and was serie a top scorer. 2- Ancelotti turned Pirlo into a world class player in 2001. Pirlo was 22 years old. 3- Kaka was 21 years old when he started with Ancelotti. 4- Gattuso was 23 when Ancelotti made him a regular starting 11. What I’m trying to say is: Give Ancelotti a bunch of 20-24 year olds and he WILL turn them into world class. He can do it again, he… Read more »

Rico

+ veratti

Milanello

Those who think, Ancelotti doensn’t fit modern football left me speachless too. There would be no better option then him. i tell you why. Remember Kaka came back to us. There was respect to him from the whole squad. Thats because he’s a champion. And if Ancelotti is there, there wouldnt be Cercis wife, telling to press “my husband have to play more”, because after those words he wouldn’t play anymore. Carlo made seasons in Madrid, that we are missing for a long time. Of Course Madrid has the money, but see Mr. Bale and tell me of he is… Read more »

falsephrophet

Come home Carlo

Sheva

Screw “italian” bone. What is italian bone?? Bonera?? Zaccardo?? Poli?? Pazzini?? Destro?? Paletta?? Montolivo??
It is these italians who made milan fall

phildadon86

Italian bone was Maldini constacourta Gattuso Pirlo Inzaghi. Or have you forgotten. If you do not want to see am italian backbone go watch inter.

Sheva

And how did you manage to forget nesta? the best defender in the world speaking of italian bone. Im talking about TODAYS “italian bone” there is no gattuso anymore, and it never will, there will be no nesta, maldini, pirlo anymore..

who is POLI?? is he considered as a part of the new italian bone?? or maybe bonaventura, or zaccardo.

Screw “all italian” thing, just sign players that can play football

pippo

One thing comes to mind when I think about him -limited squad rotation. In his teams one can know first 11 by heart. Well, its easy to do that when you have well balanced team, a team that is well covered in every position. But in our situation, where are future coach firstly has to develop and improve our squad, i seriously doubt that Carlo is the best option. He isn’t a type of coach that will rotate, develop youngsters,and start from scratch.

rosso138

With less rotation, we would have more stable squad, better understanding.
In cup games he would give chance to young players and see if they are good.
If im not mistaken it’s preseason training and games when he will choose his 11 best players, and there is nobody better at valuing who is better player then him..
If he chooses to play etc SES and DeSc, it will be couse he belives in them and he knows they will become great.
He is one of best coaches in the world for now, and he knows his job!

skipper kano

ancelotti is the best coach,he is the one that suits our plans and returned us to where we are in the years back.He loves young players like Pirlo,pato and kaka in his time.

Milanellofm

Carletto is most welcomed back, and hopefully he can bring players with him like verratti and ibra. Don’t even start saying he’s not good with youth players. He made Pato, kaka gattuso pirlo Seedorf great players. In recent times look at verratti, isco, carvajal. Come on now. He’s a great manager and wherever he has been there has been success.

Angry Italian

THIS IS A DISGRACE
Our coach and LEGEND Pillippippo Inzaghi is the best for the club, it is not his fault the players are getting injured, or that the players are getting demoralised!

Sack Pippo and you will miss him just like you miss Seedorf! Forza Pippo! You fools who want to replace him are not true Milanista! You are not true fans! Leave! Support some other loser team like Juventus! FORZA MILAN

Vanik

We miss Seedorf because he had a game-plan, tactics, and showed some authority. Inzaghi says he is going to concentrate on the attitude of the players and i believe that is a wrong decision. However, it does not matter because he fails at fixing and improving the attitudes of the players. we have the most red cards and most if not all of our games suck after the first 10 minutes because there is no attitude and more importantly no tactics. With this squad even Mr Seedorf with 0 coaching expereince would be in a better position, because he had… Read more »

ma.usa

Yep. And Seedorf was actually better than Allegri: remember how Galliani used to brag last year about the second half of the season being good? Seedorf was coaching us back then… And they still sacked him.
I personally think that we need to change the club’s management first and foremost before the coaching staff and squad.

dejan10

Filippo, is that you?

rosso138

He is a legend, but as a player, as a coach he is not good! At least for now, get that in your mind, would you rather be 5 years in the middle of the table, loose many fans around the world, sponsors… Etc.. Or would you put someone who knows what he is doing?
I would keep pippo ONLY as position coach for attackers…

We miss seedorf cause he had a vision, he had attacking football, we fought every game till the end..

JaRossoneri

Klopp and Emery are good options, but I prefer Carlo…if for no other reason, out of the three, Carlo is most capable of reducing Gallianis influence over the transfer market.

rosso138

Wait a minute, we had allegri(back then he was awfull in milan), than unexpirienced seedorf and Inzaghi, we cant reach europe 2 years in a row and now many of you here say that you dont want Angelotti on the bench?? That we cant afford him?? One good coach is more important than 11 new good players!! Coach is who puts team together, and paying his wages 3 years, lets say 8m? per season is 24m… That is ONE good player nowdays… And he equals 11 good players!!! As much as how unrealistic it seems to be, if Angelotti comes… Read more »

Milanista121

How is this even up for discussion? Carletto is arguably the best coach in the world, ofc he should be first choice! If not him then i would go with Sarri, it might be a bit of an experiment but he is great with youth, and reminds a little bit of Allegri from his Cagliari days. Anyways, Carletto should definitely be the first choice, without a doubt.

dejan10

I can’t speak for everyone but I’m afraid he might return and not win anything (probably because Galliani has bought Jose Mauri and Bertolacci instead of Ibra and Ozil) and then have his reputation tarnished.

rosso138

Maybe that is/will be true, but he will do much more with current squad than any other coach would do.. Look at our players.. With carlo we could be atleast 3. If not higher.. (On the paper with good coach)

rosso138

Agree, in all points, but I would rather have coach who has experience with big teams and more pressure, like klopp, he is also good at valuing young talents…
But, he dont have experience in serie a and Sarri has.. Its 50-50… I just hope that they will be given enough time to make something from this squad…

Jibola

Ancelotti will get the job done. simple

phildadon86

I other news. Allegri is now competing for the treble. Lol. Yes that’s right. You heard that right. 3 title season

Milanista121

Yes, and still people use him as an example of a bad coach? And compare Pippo with him: “Omg the new Allegri!!” as if it is something bad to be compared to him? I said this during Allegris stay with us – when Sir Alex Ferguson gives compliments to someone, its not just for the fun of it, he has a reason, and he spoke highly of Allegri. People on this blog leaves me baffled. @Dejan, even though Ozil is a madly talented footballer, he doesnt put his heart into it, he doesnt run much, we dont need players like… Read more »

Phildadon1899

People on this blog amaze me with their comments sometimes. What you just said is incredible. I disliked a lot of Allegris tactics and ideas (going into spain playing for the tie with Barcelona, leaving inzaghi out of the champ league sqaud, late subs, etc..) He was a great man manager though. He kept a locker room with Cassano, Ibra, and Gattuso gelled and together. That amazed me.

ma.usa

Give allegri a Great squad and he will win serie A, just like with us in his first season. it’s not that he is the best coach, it’s only because the team was already made before him. Conte did all the job for him.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Allegri takes Juventus to the mid table next season if Tevez, Pogba, and Vidal decide to leave.

nick

Berlusconi and Galliani are nostalgic and so are some of the fans. Every past players and coaches who have returned to Milan for a 2nd time failed to live up to past their past glory. From Guilit, Donadoni, Shevchenko and Kaka. Sacchi failed in his 2nd stint at Milan same for Capello and so will Ancelotti. It seems no one here learned from their past at Milan. It’s this type of thinking that is also a big problem at this club. We must stop living in the past. No to Ancelotti, I would rather the club take a chance on… Read more »

ma.usa

Come on man. I might agree with the rest but Kaka didn’t fail in his second spell at Milan. For a 32 year old midfielder to score 7 goals and being by far the best midfielder we had in our squad last season, I don’t think Kaka was a failure. He was doing everything by himself in Milan last year because we had so many incapable players. He was creating chances, contributing to the build-up, he was even defending and scoring goals. He was surprisingly running all over the pitch for a 32 year old. I respected his commitment and… Read more »

Milanista121

Exactly, in the top five leagues, he was the one brazilian midfielder who created the most chances. 32 years old in a disfunctional team, that speaks volumes. And he didnt even get called up for the world cup…

Ouch!

I definitely would not say no to Carlo returning, I just want for once in the last 6 years an experienced coach who knows what he is doing here at Milan that’s it. I am sick and tired of the BS experimenting with bad defensive minded coaches like Inzaghi, Allegri etc.

nick

The last time I checked Allegri is doing pretty well at Juventus, which leads me to believe that the problem was not Allegri but rather Berlusconi and particularly Galliani who lacks vision for the clubs future. If Milan had invested in the club after their Serie A win with Allegri instead of selling Thiago Silva and Ibra we would probably be the team in the CL finals instead of Juventus. Now Galliani wants to bring back Ancelotti? For what? To Appease the fans and making a fool out of us to think that now they have a plan for Milan.… Read more »

acquaintance

Is Maldini gonna come play that Zidane role?

acquaintance

Kaka! Pirlo! Gatusso! Nesta! my originals cuz i’m not that old. Now we have a bunch of morons that are… ” a little demoralized” boo hoo, grow up this is your f****** careers and you came up here to disgrace it. Do we all realize these “athletes” make millions. I can do a better job than most in this squad.

kon123

If Ancelotti comes huge tranfers not really necessary (except for Verratti).
– Out: Essien, Muntari, Montolivo, Alex, BONERA, Pazzini, Matri, Menez, Mexes, Rami, ZACCARDO, Saponara, Abbiatti, Nocerino, Rami, Zapata
– Buy Embolo, Immobile, Baselli, Verratti, Balanta, Schar
– Bench: Embolo (for Immobile), Niang (for Cerci), Suso (for Bonaventura), Poli (for Baselli), Antonelli (for De scig) Balanta (for Schar)
– Promote primavera: Mastalli, MASTOUR, Di Molfetta, Modic etc.
4-2-2-2
———Immob—-Cerci——-
—–El Shaa———-Bonave——–
——-Verratti——-Baselli———–
De Scig–Paletta–Schar–Abate
—————Lopez———————-

Milanellofm

Strong reports saying Berlusconi personally called ancelotti and guaranteed a 5 year contract and a 150m transfer budget in the first year. If that’s true and I hope it is I hope ancelotti brings players he previously coached and some new ones.

IN:
Darmian and or hummels.

VERRATTI A MUST, gundogan/witsel, gundogan

Any deadly striker I’m happy with, aubameyang, ibra, Falcao, Jackson Martinez

Diego Lopez
Abate de sciglio hummels Darmian

verratti gondogan van ginkel(keep him?)
Bonaventura
?? El shaarawy

Don’t bash me for no reason, can’t a guy dream?

Phildadon1899

Strong reports? You have to post a link if you say something like that brother

dejan10

Yeh not bad man — we need players like Veratti, Silva, Ibra, Modric, Ozil, etc not overrated mediocres like Immobile, Jose Mauri, Bertolacci, etc etc etc.

Phildadon1899

Ozil is overrated. Immobile would do better in italy in my opinion.