It is fair to say AC Milan boss Massimilano Allegri has stood firm in the face of adversity during his tenure in the Italian capital.
Allegri arrived at the San Siro in 2010 with much fanfare, snatching the Scudetto straight back from Milan's inter-city rivals Inter on his first try.
However, the subsequent twin sales of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva due to financial constraints have crippled the club, and Allegri has been somewhat a victim of circumstance.
Regardless, Allegri has acknowledged he is surplus to requirements and has confirmed he will depart the club of his own accord at season's end.
"I do not know who will be the new coach, but it is a problem that does not concern me. Of course, this is my last Christmas at AC Milan," Allegri confirmed.
"I decided to stay on for another season. I liked the idea of staying on and finishing the job, but four years with one club is many."
Under Allegri's guidance, the Rossoneri have fallen a considerable 27 points behind league leaders Juventus, only five points above the relegation zone, a far cry from the Milan of old who would annually challenge for Europe's most prestigious trophies.
Seemingly unfazed, Allegri seems intent on providing his current employers with Champions League football before his inevitable departure.
"It's very difficult. We are 17 points behind third place," he commented.
"But we have to chase and improve our position in the table. All this can serve well as an incentive to do well. There is still the Italian Cup, which is still gives us a good possibility to remain in Europe."
Milan welcome Atalanta to San Siro in one week, as they look to kick-start a resurrection of their failure of a season.
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