Tassotti: “Milan never offered me the head coach position, my job is to prevent another Darmian case”

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Mauro Tassotti spoke about what his new job is about, tells about working with Carlo Ancelotti, Clarence Seedorf and Filippo Inzaghi and claims he likes Milan target Alessio Romagnoli.

New coach Sinisa Mihajlovic brought his staff with him to Milan and Nenad Sakic will act as the assistant coach which means Mauro Tassotti has a new role.

Tasso recently signed a new contract until 2017 and his new position is to monitor the performances and growth of the players on loan. Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport and il Corriere della Sera, Mauro described his role in a few words: “Let’s say we want to prevent future occurrence like the Darmian case. He was our youth product and now he’s going to Manchester United for €20 million.”

Tassotti, who said that he wanted to keep being the assistant, accepts his new role. “For me this new job is not a stopgap,” he said to GdS. “I’ll face it with enthusiasm because it’s an idea that I loved as I will continue to take care of our boys. Nobody forced me to do it and I could’ve chosen to stay at home.

“I knew that sooner or later this moment would arrive. It’s normal that a coach wants to bring along his staff and it has happened before. I’ve not been the norm but an anomaly.

“The moment Galliani told me that I won’t longer be the assistant coach? It must have not been easy for him either. He said ‘questo è il calcio’ (this is football), citing Florentino Perez. I’d thought the world that I knew has ended, at least for a year. It was a moment of confusion. If I’ll miss the pitch? I still don’t know. I try to ‘defend’ trying to be away from the field. I haven’t been involved in the get-together and the training withdrawal. I won’t remain anchored at Milanello but will be more frequent at the HQ.

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Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images

“What does the new job entail? I’ll follow the boys but not only in matches but also during the week. I’ll evaluate how they grow, talk to them and to their coaches and help. At the end of the season I’ll have to make judgments to assess whether or not they are ready for Milan. We’re talking about 20-25 players.

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MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images

“Being a head coach? I had an opportunity to coach the Primavera and I had contracts with other clubs like Chievo but in the end I decided to stay because of my family. I’ve been coaching at Milan since 1997 and if they wanted to give me the first team then they would and if they asked me I would’ve said yes. But I was never asked. Obviously I have always believed in the usefulness of the role of the assistant.

“If I had it better with Ancelotti? I also played with him and therefore finding agreements was very simple and natural. I also found myself well with Allegri and I was sorry to see him go but I’m glad he’s been doing well at Juventus. If I regret not following Allegri? In that moment I was torn but going to another club with another history would have been very complicated for someone like me who has been a Milanista for many years.

“Working with Seedorf and Inzaghi? It seemed that there were some kind of problems with Seedorf but he had every right to choose his own staff. With Pippo there were agreements and I had no problems with him. I was happy to work alongside him.

“Last winter I said that it’s not possible for Milan to start from scratch every summer and this time the wind has changed? Yes. It’s a different summer and the club has a great desire to return to the top. It would be more difficult for Juventus to get the Scudetto fighting against historical rivals like Milan and Inter, compared to Roma and Napoli. Milan can fight for the Champions League.

“The state of the defense and the renewal of Mexes? I’m pleased as Philippe has always behaved well. But Milan need a center back. I like Romagnoli and he comes with an important financial investment but if he turns out good he could be worth more in a few years. De Sciglio has suffered an involution? Unfortunately Mattia and El Shaarawy have been harassed by injuries.

“‘Milan to Milanisti’ and now there’s a former Inter player on the bench? Milan is given to good coaches and just that. All that counts are the successes and accomplishments,” concluded the 55-year-old.

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nana

hopefully. guide these kids and let them be Gud enough for Milan starting with modic, mastour, mastali. after all the money spent on them in the primavera we can’t just give them playing time.

I-Milan

Well, he spoke kinda nicely… So, I’ll be fair to him. It’s good that he said: “Working with Seedorf and Inzaghi? It seemed that there were some kind of problems with Seedorf but he had every right to choose his own staff. With Pippo there were agreements and I had no problems with him. I was happy to work alongside him.”

In essence, he admitted to being part of the coaching failure called Inzaghi. I like that.

ChrisMilan

You have misinterpreted the words. Assumingly you read it as ‘arguments’ instead of ‘agreements’, as what it is really stating.

Udochukwu

I’ve always love Tasso. I wanted to see him coach, but I understand. At least, now, I can go to bed knowing that we won’t be throwing away any of our primavera talents just like that. Forza Tasso!

Dave

And Astori and Aubameyang and Paloschi – our club really does suck ass sometimes.

Gman

Sokratis

tafiardo cardoso

Sokratis isn’t our youth product

Andrew

Paloschi is rubbish

Andrew

Can someone fill me in as to how he is good? Aged 25 and playing right at his level with chievo… One of these players who everybody seems to love and everyone still seems to think will ‘come good’ even though he is pretty much at his peak.

milanisti bali

Darmian..

will

Ibra witsel n a defender plz galliani do it magic son this squad is really coming together now we have all waited for players to leave n great ones to come in now we just need a few more forza milan GET US IBRA HES waiting to come bak

will

Dream to have ibra witsel sneijder n t.silva lol but hey u never know u could tell them to hand in transfer requests hahaha I want out n to go to milan what a dream

Papito

Good to see Milan management learning from their mistakes.
#weareacmilan

Rosso

Napoli bought Astori for 5.5mil thats a good price for him lol”http://www.football-italia.net/68915/astori-napoli-€55m

Dave

Been saying it for months. He is a leader. Watch this comment. It will get downvoted a million times. The guy is utterly despised on this blog.

Baffling. 5.5M for the difensore “mancino” that Sinisa was looking for – SMH.

RKaY

I’m not saying astori isn’t worth 5.5 million, but I’ll say I’ve often seen him make clumsy mistakes. I think we have a better defender in paletta in my opinion

will

Astori is napoli quality not Milan. At Milan we want thiago silvas nestas maldinis but we r stuck with boneras n Alex’s

Dave

I would much rather have a 5 million dollar Astori than a 22 million Romagnoli. There really are some crazy people in this world.

People would pay more for Matri than Tevez. It is enough to give you a headache. The way Milan buy and sell players is the sole reason for their lack of success and the failure is fully deserved.

Conor

I’m sorry, have you been following Milan and Napoli for the last few years?

HAPPY ITALIAN

IDIOTO MANAGEMENT SHOULD THROW OUT ALL THE OLD PLAYERS!!!!!!
THROW
OUT
DEAD
WEIGHT!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THIS IS WHAT WE NEED

———COURTOIS————-
LAHM – RAMOS – BONERA – RICARDO RODRIGUEZ
FELLAINI – INIESTA – DRAXLER
ROBBEN – MESSI – RONALDO

NO SPENDING ON NEW STADIUM!!!

NO PAY PLAYERS WAGES!!!!!

SPEND ALL ON WORLD CLASS MERCATO!!
FORZA BONERA!

Tactical

What have you been smoking today?

Vanik

I cant disagree! Amazing line-up and i agree that is what we need.
dream team! could be called “The Amazing 10 and Bonera”
just kidding lol

cloud

I heard thiago silva want to came back to milan

Papito

Yeah but his agent says we can’t afford him

RKaY

He’s been saying that the minute he left lol.

Nas

Totally off topic but @hysowhane where are you gone? I miss reading your comments, or are you gone on holidays!!

Papito

Lol

will

Romagnoli 22 mil. Ok how much did we buy nesta from lazio 30 mil what a buy that turned out to be. These days nesta would cost like 60 u want quality u gotta pay for it overpriced maybe tell me would u pay 30 for t.silva or otamendi or 15 mil for Miranda like inter did lol or get astori the cheaper option n leak goals the next bonera dude uve gone off the rails

will

Btw wijnaldum is wanted by Newcastle for under 20 mil euros. Well that’s a bargain for the best player is n his league sell menez n get him or cerci honda anyone will do wijnaldum behind ibra n bacca will have goals galore

David

At least we can agree on something (wijnaldum).

But you contradict yourself. “u want quality u gotta pay for it”. Wijnaldum for less than 20 millions is 100% a bargain. So what so you to that? Bargains do exist.

jeff
jeff

yo guys, take a look at what i think should happen to the squad:

goo . gl/TpWcKO

RKaY

Read a short statement that como are interested in mastalli? Anyone have additional info? I would completely love a loan without an option to buy if he is guaranteed playing time

Conor

Why would you want an option to buy for one of our most promising youth products?

Daretozlatan

Comment:Good one tassotti

Sheva

Please get rid of POLI, and then zaccardo, alex, palleta, bonaventura, destro, pazzini, honda, and agazzi

but please first poli

phildadon86

Welcome back, so you have nothing to complain about, come on here, and tell the team to get rid of 2 of our starting defenders, 2 strikers who arent even on the team anymore, a bench midfielder and our starting trequartista as of now? Makes sense no wonder you were gone so long, must have taken you a lot of time to come up with that sentence

Vanik

who is our starting trequartista?… right now we have a 4-3-1-2 without the “1”. the most likely outcome i see is Suso or El Shaarawy playing. But Ibra or a natural CAM is the dream.. Defense does need some fixing. And Sheva wants poli to go really bad because he still hasnt realized that we have Miha as our coach and not Inzaghi so Poli would not have a starting role in the midfield, he is after De Jong Bertolacci Montolivo, El Sharaawy, Mauri, new addition, and Bonaventura.

Phildadon1899

I was commenting on the fact he now has nothing to complain about. Galliani is doing well yet he still finds something to complain about. Pazzini and Destro aren’t even on the team anymore. The only true trequartista we have is Honda actually. Another player he wants to get rid of. And Poli is midfield depth. He also wants us to get rid of Alex and Palleta who as of right now are our 2 best central defenders. Please tell me how what he said makes any sense?

Conor

Same Sh1t everytime you post. Destro and Pazzini have gone, Agazzi will be leaving, more than likely Zaccardo will be leaving too. So maybe, in future, you can cut your rants about who goes down to the rest of the players. And speaking of the rest of the players, why would you want any of them to go? Poli will be a good squad player, he won’t start, but I’ll bet he’ll accept his role, come off the bench and give his all. Alex and Palleta are our best CBs and you want rid of them??? Honda is a great… Read more »

felix

Please don’t sell mastour….
Because he is the best ac milan’s youth product

Omorion

Comment:Forza millan

will

Astori is not a baragin lolb come on man seriouslydo big teams like Madrid man u Chelsea go for players like that bargain yes exist quality not cheap bench warmers dude

Dave

Let me explain so even you can understand. One club buys Witsel for 40 million – another club buys Wijnaldum for 15 million. Which club is smart and which club is dumb?

will

Hahahha witsel n wijnaldum r two completely different players lol it’s like comparing bonera to nesta n I would not buy astori even for free lol is he any better than our other cbs dude ur clueless

acquaintance

Well then, I hope Tassotti will look after Mastour. Keep him here!

tomymor

“MY JOB IS TO PREVENT ANOTHER DARMIAN CASE”
Well, what about El Shaarawy?!