Milan have sacked Clarence Seedorf after just five months in charge, and replaced him with another legendary figure of the club’s past.
Seedorf was installed as Rossoneri coach back in January, when he agreed to quit Botafogo and hung up his boots to succeed Massimiliano Allegri. This was an emotional return to a club he served so well during a 10-year playing career, in which time he won several honours including two league titles and the UEFA Champions League twice.
Although the former Holland international won 11 of the 19 Serie A fixtures he was in charge for, Milan only finished eighth in the standings and some 21 points off a place at the top table of European football next season. Speculation has been rife over his future in recent weeks, and now it has been confirmed that he has been sacked.
It is believed the Italian giants were waiting to agree a departure package with the 38-year-old before announcing his departure, but in a short statement on Monday afternoon, the confirmed: “Clarence Seedorf has been dismissed. Filipo Inzaghi has been appointed as the first team coach, and he is under contract at the club until 30 June 2016.”
On Friday, club president Silvio Berlusconi hinted that change was close when he said: “We’ll see at the next board meeting what solution we find for Seedorf, but that’s enough talking about the past, we are looking to the future. I’ve seen that Inzaghi is very determined, hungry for victory and absolutely in line with everything we want Milan to be.”
Inzaghi played alongside Seedorf for the Rossoneri, enjoying a lengthy spell at the club from 2001-2012. For the past two years he has been coaching the club’s youth team, but he will now have the chance to guide the first team in his first managerial post as Milan look to return themselves to the elite of football at home and abroad.