It is a period of civil war. At Milan, at least.
Milan have rarely been the most relaxed and stable club in the world, even when they were, well, good. But now it seems as if there is a schism at the club that could lead to a couple of much-loved heroes leaving, over a disagreement about the way to restore the glory days, which are frankly disappearing more and more in the rearview mirror.
“The club is not on the same page,” said James Horncastle on this week’s European edition of the Totally Football Show. “You have a chief executive in Ivan Gazidis, appointed just over a year ago from Arsenal, and you have Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban who are there to run the sporting side of the business.
“These reports have been leaking out over the last three or four months that Milan have an interest in appointing Ralf Rangnick as not only coach next season but as sporting director as well. Which clearly steps on the toes of Boban and Maldini.”
So you might expect everyone to come together like adults, thrash something out and ensure that everyone involved compromises and decides what’s best for the club. Erm…not so much.
“What’s been remarkable is that last week Gazidis gave an interview to Gazzetta dello Sport because at Milan they felt they needed to intervene and put a stop to reports they was a division. He said “we’re all on the same page”, then a week later Boban gives an interview in Gazzetta where he says ‘Paolo and I…pretty pissed off that nobody told us someone had been in touch with Rangnick.’
“Now it looks very difficult for them to come together again and reconcile. It looks now likely that Boban and Maldini will leave at the end of the season, unless they can build bridges.”
The silly thing is that on the pitch, things have been looking up. After arriving at a shambling husk of a club back in October, the Marco Giampaolo experiment having categorically failed, Pioli has gradually improved results and, with the help of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return, have lost just two of the last 13 and are creeping up on the European places.
But while all of this is happening, chaos reigns upstairs. Milan haven’t won Serie A since 2011, and at this rate that record doesn’t really look like improving.
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