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AC Milan risk everything by appointing Seedorf

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AC Milan have announced former player Clarence Seedorf as their new coach, following the sacking of Massimiliano Allegri on Monday.

The Italian coach was let go after Milan surrendered a 2-0 lead to Sassuolo, losing 4-3, on Sunday.

Within two days of sacking their manager, Milan had appointed Seedorf in a move which may have been a bit too rushed.

Firstly, and most obviously, the 37-year-old has no managerial experience and is being thrown in at the deep end. With the Rossoneri closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League places in Serie A, Seedorf has a mammoth task on his hands.

"All the experience I have gained in this year and a half at Botafogo is going to help me in my next venture, which will be as coach of Milan," he said when saying his goodbyes in Brazil.

The Dutchman had revealed that he wasn't actually considering retirement when he got the call from Milan, giving him an offer he couldn't refuse.

The sudden nature of his retirement and appointment must be unsettling for Milan fans, even if Seedorf is a club legend, having given 10 years of his life to the club.

He was the first player to ever win the UEFA Champions League with three different clubs, and has an endless list of titles he has one during his illustrious playing career.

However, management is a completely different ball-game. There are fears that Seedorf could sabotage his reputation at the San Siro if he fails to save his former club - a real possibility - and a point always made whenever legends consider a return 'home'. 

I can't help but feel Milan's hastiness could cost them. Had they taken the time to search for a new manager, they could have held talks with more experienced managers and tried to negotiate with them to persuade them to rescue Milan.

Andre Villas-Boas is obviously without a job following his premature sacking by Tottenham Hotspur. Despite the fact he achieved their highest ever Premier League points total and left his position as the manager with the highest win rate for Spurs since 1899.

Former Athletic Bilbao boss Marceloa Bielsa is also out of work. A man once described by Pep Guardiola as the best manager in the world.

Zdenek Zeman, ex-Roma boss, is also available and has extensive experience as a manager in Italy, having managed clubs in Italy (and some in Europe) since 1981.

But, Milan have made their choice. Clarence Seedorf is their manager for now. It will be easier to determine whether they were right or wrong to act hastily in retrospect.

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