Tuesday, May 28, 2019 will be a significant day either way for AC Milan…
Today two significant figures in the club’s history has left the club. Sporting Director Leonardo and manager Gennaro “Rino” Gattuso have both left the seven times European champions. Both former players of the Rossoneri have handed in their resignations at Milanello and what once seemed like a dream combination, that also included another former player Paolo Maldini, has not quite worked out as planned.
Maldini’s position as well is not entirely solid either as of now.
Following the club’s failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League on the final match-day on Sunday, there has been many questions surrounding the team. Milan won their final game 3-2 versus Spal in Ferrara, but following both Atalanta & Inter’s victories over Sassuolo & Empoli respectively, it mattered not, as il Diavolo finished one point in the standings behind both of their Lombardy rivals.
Rumors had been circulating for weeks now, that even if Italy’s most successful team had returned to Europe’s most prestigious competition after six years, that the pair might have still not been with the club come next season.
In a press statement, the club CEO Ivan Gazidis said, “Leonardo joined AC Milan in it’s hour of need a few short weeks before the closing of the summer transfer window.”
The former Arsenal supremo went on to add: “I am very grateful to Leonardo for everything he has contributed to our great club and wish him well in his future endeavours.”
Lille’s sporting director Luis Campos has been linked as a replacement.
As far as Gattuso is concerned, he went to the club’s headquarters several hours ago and handed in his resignation. The former tough tackling midfielder still had two years left on his contract, but forego the remaining 11 M Euros on his contract, in order for his staff to be paid. Gattuso said “Deciding to leave Milan’s bench isn’t easy, but it’s a decision I had to make.”
Speaking specifically about money, Gattuso said that his story about Milan can never be about money. There have been several names linked with the job, including Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim, Sampdoria’s Marco Giampaolo and Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi.
The football world awaits the next moves at Milan.