Massimiliano Mirabelli has thanked the Milan world for the last 15 months as he was sacked earlier today.
Elliott Management took over the club last week and are making changes at the corporate level: after Marco Fassone was fired on Saturday, today Massimiliano Mirabelli met with President Paolo Scaroni and was relieved of his duties.
Mirabelli and Fassone joined Milan with the Chinese ownership, and were in charge of the 2017 mercato, in which the Rossoneri bought 11 new players, spending over €200m.
But Elliott see no value in keeping Fassone or Mirabelli. The director of sport remains under contract for two more years, as an agreement over its termination was not reached. After the meeting with Scaroni, Mirabelli went on Twitter to post an emotional goodbye letter:
“When the time comes to say ‘thank you’, it means something had begun and then ended. It’s never easy, especially when you think about your endless work, dedicated to a single and declared objective, the good of Milan.
“I would like to start from here, this huge world called Milan and the boundless passion that surrounds them. I’d like to start with you, the fans: your love, your anxieties and your dreams, your joys and fears, everything you’ve transmitted to me in these difficult but beautiful 15 months of work, of which I’m proud.
“Thank you. With you, not me, but the whole Milan team has never been alone. I met you in the streets and cities where the Diavolo went to play. I felt your emotions and I was struck by the affection you showed me, with your banners and chants, and I still get emotional when I think back to that evening at the Olimpico after the defeat in the Coppa Italia Final to Juventus. We may have lost, but you won.
“I tried with all my strength to give you the best Milan possible because you Milanisti deserve to return to the pinnacle of European and world football. You’ll bounce back, I’m sure. In these 15 months, we’ve made many signings and pulled off complicated renewals but also made a series of sales, which allowed the club to reduce their losses. This Milan, if you allow me to say, is a creature whom I feel to be very much mine.
“First of all, I want to say thank you to Mr. Gattuso, whom I strongly wanted to lead the team because we were united not only by the blood of our own land, but above all by the smell of the field. We fought and suffered together for every single ball, like we were in his style, and I wish him all the luck in the world because Rino deserves it all.
“I send a hug to the whole team and all Milan’s others, from Captain Bonucci to the youngest of Rossoneri talents, and all the best to Carolina Morace’s women, in their first season with Milan.
“I believed in all of them and tried to build a concrete and lasting project. I’m sure the Diavolo will have solid foundations and ambitious eyes. I must thank the staff of Mr. Gattuso and all of Milan’s employees, from the first to the last ring of the Rossoneri chain that has worked tirelessly with me, and accompanied me on this fantastic journey.
“Thanks to all the employees of Casa Milan, with whom I shared all the emotions of this adventures, and all the members of Vismara, that among them there are coaches, collaborators and scouts, with their work, they gave the strength and hope to so many lads.
“I thank all the journalists, my staff and those who believed in me and gave me this huge professional opportunity: working for Milan was an honor. Finally, thanks go out to my family. They offered an inexhaustible source of love, especially at the most difficult times.
“People pass, but Milan remain.
“Forza Vecchio Cuore Rossoneri!