Change in the air as AC Milan move
AC Milan have officially moved into their new HQ as they seek to move forwards in the face of challenging times.
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With just 13 points from their first 12 games of the Serie A season, the Rossoneri find themselves in a precarious league position, with the finger pointed at coach Massimiliano Allegri and vice-president Adriano Galliani.
Moving on from their worst start since 1981, transformation is in the air and the first step was taken on Tuesday when the club officially moved into Casa Milan.
Galliani's arrival at the new six-storey building -- rented in close proximity to the San Siro, and home, from next spring, to a new club museum -- symbolised Milan's move from their Via Turati headquarters since 1966.
"Milan is moving, Milan is advancing" was the announcement on the club's official website after Galliani became one of the first to baptise the new building.
Doubts remain as to how long he will be welcome inside the structure, however. With Barbara Berlusconi bidding for more power, the writing seems to be on the wall for Galliani, whose office on the fourth floor of Milan's new home is just down the corridor from the president's daughter, where Galliani expects to be staying.
"I'm not going anywhere else," Galliani said in La Repubblica after a meeting with his peer on Monday. "For as long as I'm involved in football, I will always be with Milan. Silvio Berlusconi will be my president for life. He was, he is and he always will be my president."
Galliani's involvement in football seems to be approaching its conclusion, however. The question being asked by Italian media is not whether Galliani will be shown the door, but when.
Three dates are being mooted: Immediately after the international break, should Milan fail to turn the corner; at the board members' next general meeting in the spring; or at the end of the season.
The same question is being asked of Allegri, although a summit in the Berlusconi household on Monday appears to have renewed faith in the beleaguered coach for the time being.
"If Milan need another coach, they'll tell me," Allegri said after a disappointing 0-0 draw with Chievo at the weekend.
He has not been told anything yet, but youth-team coach Filippo Inzaghi continues to loom in case the club's transformation, after a move to a new home, extends to the coaching staff.