Milan deny considering Ancelotti sacking

September 16, 2008

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has vehemently denied considering sacking coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Galliani, the board and Ancelotti were locked in crisis talks for more than two hours on Monday following the Rossoneri's 2-0 defeat at Genoa on Sunday, which followed their 2-1 loss to Bologna in their opening Serie A game.

"Neither the club nor I have ever thought of having a coaching change," said Galliani. "The meeting went well.

"It was not just our coach that was present but our athletic trainer Daniele Tognaccini and (team doctor) Jean Pierre Meersseman.

"We spoke about everything, we tackled all the problems for more than two hours and life continues. Are Milan's problem more physical than psychological? I don't know, I don't think it is psychological."

Last season, Milan endured a poor start and ended up finishing fifth, missing out on qualification for the Champions League.

The Rossoneri have not won the Serie A title since 2004 and Ancelotti is under pressure to deliver this campaign.

Milan host FC Zurich in Thursday's UEFA Cup first-round first-leg tie before entertaining in-form Lazio this weekend at the San Siro.

Ancelotti is the longest-serving coach in Italy's top flight, having been at the club since November 2001.