Wednesday, January 27, 2021

AC Milan sack Vincenzo Montella and put club legend in charge

AC Milan sack Vincenzo Montella after a disappointing start to the season. Former player and Primavera coach Genaro Gattuso to take charge.

Italian giants AC Milan have finally run out of patience. After a string of poor performances, Vincenzo Montella was relieved of his duties as the first team manager. Big things were expected from Milan this season following a positive summer transfer window.

They have, however, failed to live up to the expectations. Montella’s men have neither produced the football nor the results that were expected of them. Milan currently sit 7th in Serie A, 18 points behind leaders Napoli with only six wins in the league.

Following the sacking club’s official statement read: “AC Milan announce to have parted ways with Vincenzo Montella. Management of the first team is entrusted to Genaro Gattuso, who leaves his position as Primavera coach and to whom we wish the best of luck.”

An optimistic summer followed by bad results

Milan had a very very busy summer. They made several high profile signings including the likes of Andre Silva, Hakan Calhanoglu, Franck Kesie and Lucas Biglia. Their biggest coup came in the form of Leonardo Bonucci. The Italian stalwart was brought in from perennial rivals Juventus for a sum of €42 million.

Leonardo Bonucci arrived at AC Milan from Juventus in the summer

An early season return of 10 wins in first 12 matches only built up expectations from the Rossoneri. But soon the goals started to dry up and the defence was not up to the mark as well.

What followed was a string of cagey performances in Seria A as well as the Europa League. There were also some high profile losses at the hands of Juventus, Roma, Lazio, Napoli and local rivals Inter. Milan’s tepid performance against Torino acted as the final nail in the coffin for Montella.

Author’s Take

It was coming. No one believed that Montella would stay long at San Siro after the defeat against Napoli. Montella preferred the 3-5-2 formation this season which nullified the effect of Giacomo Bonaventura and Suso. The midfielders were their most influential players from last season. New signings have also taken considerable time to bed in. Bonucci, in particular, has been an early-season disappointment.

Genaro Gattuso’s appointment should not be a long-term. The Italian still needs time to hone his managerial skills. Gattuso is better suited for the Primavera job. Moreover, Milan’s record with former players as the manager in recent past has not been a pretty sight.


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