Maldini: “Any negative comment from Mirabelli is a great compliment, if I were him I would avoid talking about any level of schooling or education”

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Paolo Maldini during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Paolo Maldini has hit back at Massimiliano Mirabelli, who somehow has the audacity to criticize others.

The Milan management is set to undergo another revolution, with Zvonimir Boban, and possibly Paolo Maldini, leaving the club, and Ralf Rangnick arriving in a director-coach role.

The Rossoneri are certainly no stranger to changes in management. Less than three years ago they were managed by Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli. The latter, who despite having a very big transfer budget managed to sign exactly zero top players, keeps criticizing the current directors every time.

“Maldini was a great player, but he should be asked: ‘What have you ever done to become a director?’ Having him as a director is like a doctor who didn’t go to elementary school,” Mirabelli said in an interview with Tuttomercatoweb yesterday.

Maldini responded today; as reported by ANSA, he said: “I consider any negative comment from Mirabelli to be a great compliment. Hearing him speak, if I were him, I’d avoid talking about any level of schooling or education.”

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dubfire
dubfire
5 months ago

Everytime something happens at Milan, that fat fuck has something to say. Thing like “when I was at the club, we we’re in talks with Ronaldo” or “when I was at he club we bought I-don’t-know-who” and most recently the hits he took at Maldini. Aside from the fact he’s a nobody in this sport, what does he think he’ll prove by giving this declarations, especially the ones related to a name like Maldini?

Müratx
Müratx
5 months ago
Reply to  dubfire

And what exactly Maldini did to earn his job? No education related to football management. No history as a director. It’s like hiring someone as a heart surgeon just because he was the best dentist in the town. Both of them got the job undeservedly but at least Mirabelli had a few years experience. Both of them should shut up and get a job in their level of education and experience. Maldini should start in Serie C or B and prove himself and Mirabelli should go back to Scouting for small teams.

Milan653
Milan653
4 months ago
Reply to  Müratx

But maldini has actually Made good signings ( bar gianpaolo the nonce )and knows what we need

Ink
Ink
4 months ago
Reply to  Müratx

Theo.

Alexmilan
Alexmilan
4 months ago
Reply to  Müratx

Maldini was a legend of italian football and of Milan ! A great legend ! It’s enough for him to deserve this job ! And he stayed one year behind Leonardo to learn how things are going ! For one who spent 25 years of career at Milan at the highest level, one year behind Leonardo it’s enough ! They made a huge mistake with giampaolo, then made the right choice with pioli and they bring theo, bennacer and rebic who are very good starters, leao who is an excellent prospect, krunic who is a useful midfielder and duarte who… Read more »

Müratx
Müratx
4 months ago
Reply to  Alexmilan

We were 5th last year. They spend money and we can’t even reach 5th again. It’s the failure. If Mirabelli was responsible for this, you would have killed him. Being a legend as a player, has nothing to do with being a manager or director. Milan is not the place for former legends to learn how to do things. They should prove themselves somewhere else. Stop blindly defending every legend that we hire. You attach every good thing that happened to him but you don’t see his failures. Handling Rino situation. Caldara situation. Piatek Situation. Cutrone situation. Gianpaolo hiring. Gianpaolo’s… Read more »

anom
anom
4 months ago
Reply to  Müratx

So what exactly did Seedorf, Brocchi, Gattuso, Inzaghi etc. do to earn their coaching jobs? How about a certain Guardiola? Some things are not teached in schools. 20-30 years on the football pitch teaches quite a lot about football.

Müratx
Müratx
4 months ago
Reply to  anom

how many Guardiola we have? how many times we should try the same thing over and over to see it’s wrong? Former players are not qualified to a new job just because they played football. they should show something. If Maldini was doing his job correctly we wouldn’t be in this situation again and Gaizidis would not contact someone behind his back. we are out of UCL again for god sake. I asked a simple question. If Mira was still our director, will you defend him like you are defending Maldini?

anom
anom
4 months ago
Reply to  Müratx

No, I wouldn’t. Mirabelli was totally incompetent. And still is. He was way out of his league. Maldini has done faaaar better job. Even without any education as Mirabelli claims.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
4 months ago
Reply to  Müratx

Let’s not compare being a heart surgeon to a freakin sporting director, with all due respect. Not all professions are equal mate.

I agree that Maldini’s CV lacked the credentials for becoming our sporting director, mostly because he lacked experience with smaller clubs. But, if we neglect the Giampaolo fiasco (huge huge blunder, but no one can be expected to not make mistakes), he did get a lot of decent deals done. Not to mention the raise in ticket sales due to his and Boban’s presence.

Müratx
Müratx
4 months ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

And again I would ask. If Mirabelli was in the same shoe of Maldini right now, with the same results, same signings and everything, would you defend him? No. Your love for the man is affecting your judgment. We are 7th. Out of UCL. Our sporting directors failed AGAIN.

Alexmilan
Alexmilan
4 months ago
Reply to  Müratx

Mirabelli had his time and had his signings ! An none of them was a player like Theo or Bennacer ! He spent over 200 mil for nothing ! He spent 20 mil for Biglia who was 31. He spent 25+ for Kalinic, 38 for Andre Silva, 45 for Bonucci. Maldini and Boban with this amount of money could have finished in top 4. They have spent 80 millions for 6 players and since Pioli started his work, the team really played football. Mirabelli was a pig

Müratx
Müratx
4 months ago
Reply to  Alexmilan

It’s not a hard question. You miss the point & the answer is totally unrelated. I didn’t say anything about how Mirabelli did. I said your whole judgment of Maldini is affected by his image. Replace him with someone like Mirabelli in the same exact situation. And you will be frustrated with this situation. You are giving Maldini a free pass because he is Maldini.

If Mira or any unknown, would have signed all these players, and we were still be 7th, you go after his head.

anom
anom
4 months ago
Reply to  Müratx

Mirabelli didn’t do any good for the club and is only bashing his mouth nowadays. He doesn’t deserve ANY respect from Milan fans. Why are you defending him so much? Man crush? 😀

Müratx
Müratx
4 months ago
Reply to  anom

Are you 12?

anom
anom
4 months ago
Reply to  Müratx

Not yet. 5 more years.

Milanellofm
Milanellofm
4 months ago
Reply to  Müratx

What’s wrong with bringing Maldini? Juventus brought nedved, inter zanetti. All proved to be successful and Maldini is very intelligent. In his first year there’s been mistakes but also signings we haven’t had in years. When was the last time we bought somebody like theo Hernandez who wasn’t hot on the market and now everybody wants him? Gazidis has been around for years and besides making an image did he have a successful team on the pitch?

nick
nick
5 months ago
Reply to  dubfire

That’s because he is bitter about losing his job and since then no one has hired him. Mirabelli is nothing more than clown who really shouldn’t be criticizing anyone.

He blew a 200m budget on mostly useless players like Kalinic, Andre Silva, Biglia, Borini, Conti, RicRod and yes Bonucci who in my opinion all flops at Milan.

anom
anom
4 months ago
Reply to  nick

Not a single useful signing yet 200M€ spent. That’s quite the accomplishment. Just think what Maldini & Boban could have gotten with that kind of money…

PS. I think the 40M€ on Biglia was the true gem of all the transfers. He’s spent more time on injuries than on the field. And on the field I think he may have played one good game. Wow! What a signing!

Alexmilan
Alexmilan
4 months ago
Reply to  anom

20 mil on biglia

anom
anom
4 months ago
Reply to  Alexmilan

Plus 20M€ on his wages. = 40M€.

blaz
blaz
4 months ago

The sooner ACM environment forgets about Berlusconi era, the better. Nobody in this world hires their ex-stars for managerial roles and have success, except for Bayern with Hoeness, Rummenige… But In this case it does not matter, because Bayern is always loaded with cash, every german youngster wants to play for Bayern. That is not the case for us, so if you ask me, new year zero is good.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
4 months ago

So far, no official news of anyone being fired. Could be a crisis mostly invented by the press

Milanellofm
Milanellofm
4 months ago

Why is it year after year at around the same time something comes up that puts us into a crisis? Seriously, where does Mirabelli come from and start talking? Maldini is a rookie and has a lot to learn but he’s brought in some great signings like theo, bennacer, and ibra. Giampaolo obviously being a flaw. Gazidis is the biggest clown of em all. Why is he doing business behind people’s backs. Obviously it’s going to stir up trouble. Also, his plan of making the team younger and not paying anyone more than 2m in wages? Where is that going… Read more »

Raven
Raven
4 months ago
Reply to  Milanellofm

Boban-Maldini is a riskier option.

2M cap in wages surely is a right path, I mean if fans will wait 6-8 years to go back to CL.

I would go for the first option. Certainly Fuckzidis wants to emulate Atalanta.

anom
anom
4 months ago
Reply to  Raven

6-8 years is a f’ng loooooooooooooong time. We’ve already been out for that long and it feels like forever. The fans deserve better. After all this sh*t from the last years. Every f’ng year a new “year zero”. It has to end now.

Raven
Raven
4 months ago
Reply to  anom

Well, certainly Rangnick seems like the best project since Allegri. But at the wrong timing. We can’t even say if his tactics will work at serie a. Or if the fans will patiently wait.

dodger
dodger
4 months ago
Reply to  Raven

I like his high pressing and 8 second rule. Works great with a young squad that can run the whole 90 mins. If you have noticed Pioli also tries to implement the high press which works good until our older players run out of energy and decide to just walk in the field! cue Zlatan. I am not sure how it will work in Serie A though. I like Atalanta. They play lively and with passion. But they don’t really do that much of high press. Lazio also presses some but they also run out of energy in the second… Read more »

meer-1
meer-1
4 months ago
Reply to  dodger

Ralf Rangnick is certainly the best thing you would import from Germany….his tactics understanding of football from on field tactics to training to diet control, he basically controls players sporting calendar until the season is off…any one remember saachi changing Italian football dynamics in late 1980’s from Helenio Herrera’s catenaccio (defensive approach) to fast moving breathing taking football….Ralf’s philosophy is more or less the same 8 seconds rule and disposes opposition move ball forward as fast as you can and disrupt opposition tactics…it’s a new concept worth trying…so all hope is not last lastly it’s not about buying cheap selling… Read more »

blaz
blaz
4 months ago
Reply to  meer-1

We should all stop thinking of Milan as a great big club, history is history, the sooner we forget, the better. And this is precisely the reason why we have problems. It is because we all the time think the players we have will play like Kaka, Seedorf, Pirlo…. Liverpool was nowhere for 20 years, Nottingham forest was twice European champion and plays now in 2 and 3 league. Ragnick approach will work 100%, but Milan environment must not put roadblocks like they love to do.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
4 months ago
Reply to  Raven

Raven 2M cap is terrible. How the hell can we bring anyone decent that can upgrade the team?

We need to clear the books and balance the budget (which I understand we sort of did), and start investing. Carefully, but with hesitating to spend when necessary.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
4 months ago
Reply to  Milanellofm

Guys, Ragnarok is not brought for his tactics, his brought for his experience, connections, and knowledge in managing multi-layered scouting and developing operations. The guy has definitely an impressive CV, but the fear is that Elliot want use Milan as a development club to nurture young potential stars and then sell them to the big clubs. In my mind, this is a terrible strategy for us, one that could really eventually ruin us. Blaz mate, I couldn’t disagree more. Forget the fact that as AC Milan fans we should expect nothing less than the CL trophy, we are still one… Read more »

blaz
blaz
4 months ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

I set the price for my flat, but nobody is interested. I may value it too high, like Elliott.
Leipzig is 2 points behind great Bayern and they play CL. Among their players I could not name a single one.
Where does there the name of ACM play any role?