What does the future hold for AC Milan?

Posted by Sumeet Paul

In a week which has seen Milan move from their Via Turati headquarters to the newly built Casa Milan, speculation has continued to suggest that the theme of ‘out with the old, in with the new’ may not end there. As a result, is the changing of the guard beginning to take shape?

While Massimiliano Allegri’s future has again been in the spotlight after the draw at Chievo on Sunday, rumours continue to circulate Adriano Galliani will be joining him in leaving the club at the end of the season.

This all relates back to Barbara Berlusconi’s “change of philosophy” for the club. Despite her dismissal of reports that she had specifically asked for Galliani to be replaced, it is becoming apparent that this new vision for the Rossoneri perhaps does not include its current vice president.

Given the magnitude of success that the Galliani-Berlusconi family partnership has brought to the club over the past three decades, it is difficult to imagine the club without the former pulling the strings in the transfer market and dealing with the commercial aspects of the business.

However, with criticism increasing of decisions made most recently in terms of the playing squad, it is understood that Berlusconi wishes to implement her own structure and that in turn means that it may require a change in personnel.

The Italian media believes that Paolo Maldini will return to the club in an operational role, while the likes of Claudio Fenucci and Daniele Prade have been linked with the sporting director position.

What this suggests is that Berlusconi understands the requirement to recover Milan's old DNA and re-integrate some of the club's most loved former figures. In addition, there is a need to become a modernised organisation, with Prade or Fenucci bringing their management skills and fresh ideas.

Their arrival would also tie in with BB’s vision of the club becoming more self-dependent in terms of bringing talent through the youth system. As with several Serie A clubs at this point, it is well documented that they are struggling financially and therefore must seek new ways to add talent to the first team.

Increasing the scouting network and working in-house to develop and promote youth team players is one of the fundamentals of Berlusconi’s plan, and moving forward with the potential absence of Champions League money it may be necessary rather than voluntary.

The final area of change predictably lies with the coach. Considering Allegri’s contract is set to expire in the summer it is unlikely he will remain for the long-term.

While there has been speculation of an immediate change with either Pippo Inzaghi or Clarence Seedorf highly fancied, there is another theory that has yet to be universally picked up.

Despite the current situation, it appears that the Rossoneri have decided that Allegri will continue until the end of the season. This perhaps makes the most sense -- why stagger the revolution over the next six months?

If Berlusconi takes control by next summer and introduces her own structure and personnel, then it would also represent the ideal time to change the coach. With previous suggestions that he may stand down after the World Cup in Brazil, what better coach could be available for this project than Cesare Prandelli?

If the freedom to build and immediately put his own mark on a squad at club level isn’t enough to attract him to Milan, then surely the chance to coach Mario Balotelli on a daily basis is more than enough.

Do you support the decision to replace Galliani? Who should replace Allegri next summer?

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