Ivan Gazidis has been given full power and he’s decided to terminate the contract of Boban; Paolo Maldini will also leave Milan as the Rossoneri are set for yet another revolution.
Year Zero. Again. This is what the Milan fans can expect in the 2021/2022 season, as another huge change in management is expected to take place soon.
The two souls of Milan will soon become one, and the vision of CEO Ivan Gazidis has prevailed over the one of Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini.
The interview of Boban to La Gazzetta dello Sport painted a clear picture over what is truly happening at Milan: no unity of purpose, no single direction – despite what Gazidis told the same Gazzetta a week before. As reported by Nicolò Schira, the interview of the Croatian was unauthorized.
Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia reports that Elliott, the ownership of Milan, did not try to mend the tear between Gazidis and Boban, which is irrecoverable. A decision has been taken by Gazidis (in agreement with the Board of Directors): Boban will be sacked, already in the next days / weeks and not at the end of the season. Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara are also expected to be sacked.
The decision should be made official in the next days. The too many differences of views and different philosophies to be carried out caused this break. Di Marzio adds that the Milan future of experienced players, like Zlatan Ibrahimović and Simon Kjær, is also in doubt with the exit of Boban.
Elliott has decided to give even more strength to Gazidis and his group, which also consists of Chief of Scouting Geoffrey Moncada and Gazidis’ right-hand man Hendrik Almstadt, who silently has become a key figure at the club, dealing with the budget. They want to create an even younger Milan side than the one that exists today, rather than focusing on experienced old players.
In the future of Milan there will be the German Ralf Rangnick, who will take the role of Maldini and Boban, but also the one of Stefano Pioli. The German is widely expected to take over in the summer and be a Manager, a role that isn’t very common in Italy but exists more in England.
The 61-year-old German currently serves as head of sport and development at Red Bull GmbH, the company behind RB Leipzig, who he coached from 2015 to 2016 and from 2019 to 2019. Di Marzio claims that Milan (Gazidis) have already booked Rangnick and that Ralf is already studying Italian. As reported by BILD, Rangnick will bring his own team of directors and collaborators to work with him.
Milan, for the who-even-knows-what time are getting ready for a revolution. Everything will be different next year. And of course, this all happens while the team still fights for their objectives.