AC Milan have made the wrong decision to appoint club legend Fillipo Inzaghi and should have opted for a more experienced, tactically astute candidate.
Like Clarence Seedorf before him, Inzaghi will enter the job entrusted to restore the club to its former status as a European superpower and as one of the biggest and best teams on the planet with relatively little managerial experience behind him.
It had been hoped when the club appointed the Dutchman last January after the sacking of Massimiliano Allegri, that Seedorf’s popularity and status as a respected figure in the sport could cover any voids left by his inexperience in management.
However, despite winning seven of the club’s last nine games of the season, he failed to arrest the slump started by Allegri and guided them to eighth in the table – outside both the Champions League and Europa League places. It was the first time in 16 years that the San Siro outfit failed to qualify for Europe.
The present feeling of negativity is not too dissimilar to the situation over in England with Manchester United, who, after the disaster of David Moyes, have opted for the knowledge and experience of current Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal.
The Glazer family and executive vice-chairman Edward Woodward have clearly decided that the disastrous predicament calls for a footballing figure that has the expertise and the CV to return the club to the summit of both English and European football.
After successful spells at Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Van Gaal was the standout candidate and is expected by all corners of the footballing world to fare far better than Moyes, who was obviously horrendously out of his depth at Old Trafford.
Milan should have followed suit. Appointing managers with little experience rarely yields great results – with Pep Guardiola at the Barcelona the one glaring exception.
Even Ryan Giggs - who stood in after Moyes’ departure - did not enjoy the perfect short tenure at Old Trafford. He led them to victories over Norwich and Hull on home soil, but there was also a shock defeat to Sunderland and a disappointing draw against Southampton.
There are plenty of current managers unemployed and looking for work that would have made for a far more obvious appointment than Inzaghi. Frank Rijkaard would have made perfect sense, with his capabilities well known after winning the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006 and laying the foundations for Guardiola to thrive over at the Nou Camp.
Ambitious moves for golden oldies Giovanni Trapattoni and Juup Heynckes could also have borne fruit, but the Milan hierarchy did not approach either man.
Inzaghi will hope to fare far better than Seedorf did, but given the immensity of the task facing him, the chances of that seem rather slim.
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