Over the past week, Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has publicly backed coach Massimiliano Allegri multiple times, as speculation continues to suggest his future lies elsewhere. Despite leading Milan to third place in Serie A and going unbeaten in the league since the turn of the year, why are there still doubts over the Rossoneri coach?
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Admittedly, talk is no longer centred round Allegri being sacked, but instead of other clubs being interested in his services. At the forefront of the rumours are Roma, who have been linked with a move for the former Cagliari tactician.
However, Allegri himself has described the rumours as "boring" and has spoken openly of the faith and confidence he believes the club have in him. Galliani appeared to reciprocate when suggesting that Allegri was "welded to the Milan bench with a blowtorch".
Yet that was insufficient for some of the media, perhaps starved of notable news during the international break, as Galliani was again forced to rebut talk of the Rossoneri searching for a new coach in the summer.
"The possibility that Allegri will leave does not exist. Allegri is happy to remain at Milan and he’ll stay," Galliani told reporters.
The Livorno native has led Milan through a turbulent period of its history and has shown an ability to successfully oversee the new strategy employed by the club.
Helping to develop Stephen El Shaarawy and Mattia De Sciglio into first-team regulars, Milan will require a similar approach in the months and years ahead with the addition of the likes of Bryan Cristante and Riccardo Saponara.
Having been successful thus far, it is imperative that he continues his good work after being so deeply invested in the project. With his contract not expiring until the end of next season, his first thoughts will be to lead the club to what appeared at one time to be an improbable place in next year's Champions League.
Despite the club's ambitions retracting during his tenure, both Milan and Allegri should be commended for what they have achieved this season. While it would have been tempting to restart this new era with a new coach amid their early-season struggles, the club showed patience in him and a belief that he could successfully turn things around.
He hasn't disappointed. Although his failures in Europe continue to be a source of great frustration, his domestic achievements have been impressive. Having won the Scudetto in his first season with the club, he narrowly missed out on back-to-back titles and has more recently responded well to squad upheaval.
The strategy is clear -- acquire youngsters and build for the long term. With Allegri at the head of the table implementing a 4-3-3 system, the club have followed suit by adopting it at all levels of the youth system. To have to change now could perhaps disrupt the good work currently being done.
The Rossoneri are just two points behind Napoli with nine games remaining, and hope to continue their excellent form. While it is refreshing that Allegri's future is no longer being questioned for the wrong reasons, the fact his future is being questioned at all is still a little worrying.
How important do you feel Allegri is to Milan now? Are there still doubts over his management?
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