AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri admitted his reign at the Serie A club would not be ‘eternal’.
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And the 46-year-old said Saturday’s game against Genoa was a must-win if his side were to emerge from their early season slump.
The former Italian and European champions have failed to live up their pedigree this season, sitting in 10th position after winning only three times in the league.
And the Rossoneri’s lack of form has created speculation that Allegri could soon be relieved of his duties.
“I’ve been hearing the rumours of my sacking for four years,” Allegri told Milan’s official channel. “Coaches are not eternal. I know that I cannot stay here for life, because in life, there are cycles that begin and end.
“The coach should encourage their players during training. There can’t be a lack of a sense of belonging. This is key, especially on a team like Milan.”
However, Allegri knows how important the next month could be in the fortunes of his side, admitting Genoa must be the start of a reversal of form.
“This is an important month, we have seven games until Christmas, and tomorrow is crucial,” Allegri said.
“We only have 13 points. We have time to remedy, but in Italy, all the matches are tough, especially for us at this time.
“Up to this moment we have lost several players through injury and suspension. But tomorrow we have to win regardless of who will or will not be there.”