The final round of Serie A matches take place this weekend, drawing to a close another dramatic season in Italy.
Milan are perhaps under more scrutiny than most this Sunday, many believe a decision on the future of current manager Clarence Seedorf is just around the corner. In short will they stick, and keep the Dutchman for next season or indeed twist, and go in search of a coach most likely with a more decorated history in football management.
Seedorf has done no harm to his chances of staying on in his role at the San Siro. In his 18 league matches in charge since taking over, the 38-year-old has won 10 of them, returning 32 points at a win rate of 55%.
That not only out does his predecessor, Massimiliano Allegri, who boasted a figure of 51% but it also stands not too far off Ancelotti’s figure of 56.5%, Milan’s most successful manager of the 21st century.
If Seedorf, who made 300 appearances for the Rossoneri, wins his final game of the season this Sunday against lowly Sassuolo and Torino and Parma, who sit 6th and 7th respectively, slip up in their matches, then he will have guided Milan to a place in Europe for next season. Not bad considering he took over the club when they were sat in 11th position in the table and confidence was at an all-time low.
It would be most harsh of club owner and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi if he were to get rid of Seedorf after Sunday’s match, regardless of the result.
The Dutch manager has only had a few months and half a transfer window to impress his vision and ideas upon the squad. A team that is arguably the worst assembled side in Milan’s recent history.
Seedorf deserves an entire summer to go out and purchase his own targets, players that he think will add quality to this diminishing side and can help take the club back to the upper echelons of Italian football.
The only player Seedorf was able to get in January in the time he was given was Adel Taarabt, who he signed on-loan from QPR for the rest of the season. Taarabt has arguably turned out to be Milan’s signing of the season. In the 11 starts he has made for the club since he has arrived he has scored four goals and recorded an average rating of 7.44 by WhoScored, the best rating out of any player in the Milan side.
This is certainly reason to give Seedorf a proper transfer budget for the summer and then see what he can achieve with it.
What is so remarkable is that Seedorf is only the second black manager to take charge of a Serie A side, the first was Jarbas Faustinho who managed Napoli from 1994-95.
At a time where racism is still very present in football around the world this appointment is exactly what Serie A needs right now.
Only last week a banana was thrown at Kevin Constant, the Milan footballer, in their game against Atalanta, not to mention the incident surrounding Barcelona’s Dani Alves.
Milan are a very high profile club and it is fantastic to see that they made the decision to take on Seedorf in January, sticking with him in the long term can only serve to benefit Serie A and the racism that continues to surround this league.
Rumours have been rife this week that Milan are keen on former manager and club legend Carlo Ancelotti, as well as fellow Italian and unemployed Luciano Spalletti, as successors to Seedorf for next season.
Berlusconi has given mixed reactions of late with his views of the situation.
He refused to comment upon the position a few days ago only to tell Radio 24 today that “Signing Seedorf in January was not a mistake”.
Hopefully this is not the dreaded backing every manager in football wishes they don’t hear. It usually results with them losing their job a week later.
Not only is Seedorf a globally recognised footballer but he is a clever man and no doubt tactician, notably the Dutchman is fluent in five languages.
Milan are not a club with a history of short term sackings, they have only had four managers since 2001. Indeed Ancelotti was given eight years at the San Siro, something quite unheard of in Serie A where managers come and go on a regular basis.
Seedorf should be the man Milan stick with for now. He is contracted till June 2016 and there is much promise from what we have seen in the second half of this season that would suggest the next campaign can be a more successful one.
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