There is no doubt in my mind that Clarence Seedorf had an illustrious playing career, and he had put an end to that career on Tuesday, leaving Brazilian side Botafogo.
"This isn't a goodbye, we'll meet again", the new coach of AC Milan had said.
Seedorf had signed a two and a half year contract to replace Massimiliano Allegri who was sacked on Monday following a very dismal run of results for the seven-time European champions.
Seedorf didn't consider retirement at all, but the offer was too good to turn down.
Now, keep in mind that the former Dutch midfielder has no coaching experience prior to receiving the job at Milan, and is considered to many as a gamble, but due to his extensive history at the club, he will more than likely be welcome with open arms by fans and executives at the club alike.
But why Clarence Seedorf? I would have understood the choice if he were retired, a little bit older and having a great run of results as the head coach or manager of a club that isn't AC Milan to show that he has experience and will be ready for the new job, but, that hasn't been the case.
Despite backing from former teammate Thiago Silva, stating he has the mentality of a serious person and is more than capable of change, is not enough to satisfy the doubts of many, including myself.
"Big players make a team great," Thiago Silva said.
Arguably true, but Seedorf isn't a player anymore, he's a coach, a manager, in times of weakness, he has to stay strong, he is the spearhead and has to remain sharp at all times, and despite him doing that in midfield, it is different on the field and off the field.
So late in the season comes change, with AC with 22 points from 19 games, 20 adrift of Napoli who occupy the Champions League spot, and 30 adrift from Juventus.
There were many coaching candidates that could have been picked, but there must be a reason Seedorf was picked out of all of them, surely, why not target a manager with big club experience and try to pry him away from another club, why not look at some other free agent managers with a good handle on the tactical side? Why Seedorf?
Here's why, and here's why it's a real gamble as well.
The fact that he was a fan favourite, and had such an extensive history with the club.
Fans were unhappy with Allegri, no doubt about it, and the dismal results were nothing to smile about, but if Clarence Seedorf comes in, he can start by making fans happy.
Once the attendance goes up, support will go up further, fans will be happier, players may be more motivated to play if they're not mentally affected by the results (and the fact that a 19 year old put four goals past them) then sure, Seedorf can turn it around and maybe get Milan into a Europa League spot.
However this is implying those factors, combined with the tactics he will use, which are unknown because no one has seen him at the touchline, will work- which they may not.
Of course Milan also need time to rebuild because of injury, and the loss of many influential players.
So, here's an answer to a few questions.
Can Seedorf do it?
With a bit of luck, anything's possible, but I'm sure, even though I have my doubts, he can lead Milan and help them redeem themselves somewhat.
How long will it take?
This season and maybe next season, it'll take a while to restore a club which has suffered so badly, and Seedorf needs time to build up his experience and tactical knowledge to make Milan challengers once again.
Do you think he's ready?
No. He has no experience, maybe he took time to learn, but I don't think he's ready. It's an audacious bid by the Milan board to resurrect their season, but give him a short amount of time and his influence will spread and maybe the boys in the red and black jersey can produce something that'll save their season and make them not look as bad.
We'll see how the season pans out, right now we must wish Seedorf all the best in tackling this new challenge
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