AC Milan replaced one club legend with another when they sacked former midfielder Clarence Seedorf and replaced him with former striker Filippo Inzaghi. Seedorf was hired in January after a dreadful start to the campaign under Massimiliano Allegri. He led Milan to an 8th place finish in Serie A failing to qualify for European competition next season. Inzaghi has been in charge of the club’s youth team since retiring from playing in 2012, and now will take over the senior team with no prior first team managerial experience.
AC Milan is one of the most historic and well-respected clubs in all of world football, but in recent years they have failed to achieve the success the fans are used to. This past season is the first time the club has failed to qualify for Champions League play since the 2008 season. For big clubs like Milan missing out on Europe’s premier club competition can hurt very badly, not just because fans will be disappointed they are not competing with the best, but because of the financial gain that comes with qualification.
Milan have suffered greatly over the last decade when it comes to finances having to sell players that are crucial to their success just because the club needed the funds. A great example of this is the sale of both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva only one year removed from them leading the Club to their first Serie A title since 2004. Holding onto star players has been a great challenge for the club, but so has bringing in top quality players capable of resurrecting their success. Acquisitions such as Michael Essien, Adel Taarabt and former club great Kaka looked good on paper but on the field they did not pan out as planned as these players are all past their primes.
Incoming manager Filippo Inzaghi, or ‘Pippo’ as Milan fans know him, will have his work cut out for him turning the tides at the historically great club. As someone who won two Serie A titles and two Champions League titles during his time with the club he knows what it takes to win at the highest level. His challenge will be trying to build a roster that is capable of challenging for every trophy and doing it quickly. He will undoubtedly feel the pressure to improve right away seeing as his predecessor did show improvement, but not enough to warrant being given even one full season at the helm. One great advantage Inzaghi will have when it comes to evaluating his current talent is the fact that he has been the youth team manager for the past two seasons and will know which of the current youth team members are capable of playing first team football.
Now that Filippo Inzaghi has replaced Clarence Seedorf as the AC Milan manager his first order of business will be improving their aging and talent-craved roster. Lucky for him the greatest showcase of footballing talent, the World Cup, is just around the corner and he will have a chance to determine who he thinks can help his club return to greatness. It will be a challenge for Milan to bring in the very top players because of restricted finances, but he will no doubt still be able to find some talent willing to play for such a historically great club. Everyone knows Inzaghi was great at scoring goals for Milan, but now he will have to prove he can lead them to greatness or he could suffer the same fate as fellow club legend and recently fired Clarence Seedorf.
Commentary By Max Petkevicius