Allegri under fire; time for change?

Posted by Sumeet Paul

With Milan struggling in the early stages of last season, it was widely acknowledged that vice-president Adriano Galliani ardently defended Massimiliano Allegri amid criticism and speculation that he would be fired.

However, during the 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina at San Siro on Saturday night, the Rossoneri coach's biggest supporter had also seen enough and was forced to leave his seat ahead of the full-time whistle.

- Report: Milan 0-2 Fiorentina

Milan's fifth defeat of the season after just 11 games leaves them sixteen points adrift of the top three in Serie A and with supporters calling for the end of the Allegri era.

Given that the players didn't appear to be responding during the disappointing defeat to the Viola, it could be, and perhaps should be, the end for the beleaguered coach, but it is vitally important to stress that the blame should be shared by all at the club.

The Curva Sud acknowledged this during the loss, as they unfurled a banner with a message to the club's management which reiterated the point that they had warned them that the squad needed strengthening in defence and midfield this past summer.

Those warnings fell on deaf ears at the time, and while Allegri should accept some responsibility for the mess in which the Rossoneri currently find themselves, there are failures at various levels of the club which have not helped his cause.

With regards to the coach himself, particular selections and tactical strategies have been questionable for some time considering the performances. Allegri bemoaned the fact that Milan were being punished for every mistake they had made thus far this season, but considering their approach is it really that surprising?

A lack of urgency, intensity and pressure from the players almost welcomes the prospect of a mistake occurring. With a tense and frustrated atmosphere around the club only serving to make it even more difficult, there is a genuine sense that perhaps enough is enough.

Nevertheless, this is where the blame for the players also comes in as based on the talent within the squad, there is no genuine argument to suggest that they should be loitering in mid-table and below.

A number of players have let the club down in recent weeks, particularly against Fiorentina when a reaction was desperately needed, and their failure will ultimate lead to Allegri, rightfully or wrongly, being used as a scapegoat.

Yes, Allegri should face criticism, but the mistakes made in the summer in the transfer market must be remembered as well as the disastrous string of injuries that may or may not be attributed to the medical staff or training regimes.

While a change in management doesn't necessarily guarantee that things will change given the current state of the club, it will perhaps provide the players with a fresh start and a new system which allows them to play with real purpose and direction under a new coach with fresh ideas.

Early indications are that Allegri will remain as he admitted in his post-game interview that this is his "worst moment at Milan" while also announcing another training retreat. However, Saturday night's defeat was undoubtedly the breaking point for many.

Should Allegri go? Agree that the blame should be shared by all?

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