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For some reason whenever news breaks from the AC Milan camp I find it nearly impossible to believe (let’s be honest, Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani aren’t the most trustworthy). Berlusconi’s less than sparkling reputation (you can’t trust someone who’s friends with Putin) and his tendency to be unpredictable at times, casts doubt on everything involving Milan. The Rossoneri underwent an off-season of change, one that saw plenty of mainstays move on. Milan’s current period of transition hasn’t been the greatest to start things off. Two consecutive losses at the San Siro has resulted in the worst start at home in 82 years, definitely infuriating for fans and Berlusconi. With troubles already brewing after three games, speculation over Massimiliano Allegri’s future has begun.

Yesterday Galliani (is it just me or does he look like Gargamel from The Smurfs) spoke out about his managers future, claiming Allegri’s job is safe. I don’t believe him one bit. Throughout the summer Galliani expressed his frustration with Allegri, so the thought of the former Cagliari manager being sacked is not shocking at all. The managerial position hasn’t been Milan’s strong point in recent years. Since Carlo Ancelotti resigned in 2009, Galliani and Berlusconi have failed to find a permanent successor. In all fairness it’s hardly Allegri’s fault. He’s proven that he can be successful, but with the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta and Andrea Pirlo any world-class manager would struggle for results.

This time of change has set-up Allegri for failure. Milan’s preparation for the future will most likely cost him his job if this current slide continues. Today’s Champions League match against Anderlecht has the potential to speed up or slow down any managerial change. Galliani has been in charge for 26 years and it’s obvious he gets whatever he wants at Milan. Allegri’s job completely depends on his relationship with the vice-president, and it doesn’t seem to be looking good at the moment.

It’s a new chapter for the Rossoneri, one that’s completely different from the usual. With players like Inzaghi, Nesta and Gattuso leaving, it’s an ‘out with the old and in with the new’ mentality at the San Siro. Galliani has always been capable of swinging deals for the right players at the right time, but the ‘patching up’ no longer applies. Berlusconi’s wallet isn’t as lush as it used to be (maybe his good friend Putin can help), meaning a traditional rebuild is underway. Patience is key for Milan, but the Scudetto’s and European success won’t happen anytime soon.

Canada

Montreal Impact still in the hunt for a playoff spot.

David Beckham is heading to Toronto…in statue form

Canada and United States discussing Women’s professional soccer league.

England

Wenger admits he’s worried about Walcott’s contract situation.

Everton v Newcastle – Match Recap

‘Impossible to explain Van Persie loss’ – Arsene Wenger

Patrice Evra set to return for Galatasary match.

Roberto Di Matteo’s not worried about Fernando Torres.

John Terry fit for Juventus challenge.

David Moyes expresses his frustration over Newcastle draw.

Liverpool starlet Samed Yesil set to start in Europa League action.

Gareth Bale looking to inspire Tottenham into Champions League spot.

David Silva signed until 2017.

Roberto Mancini aiming for Champions League knockout phase.

Arsenal v Montpellier – Match Preview

Ex-Watford owner Laurence Bassini makes Portsmouth bid.

Italy

AC Milan v Anderlecht – Match Preview

Marcello Lippi defends struggling Milan.

Bologna officials explain Gaston Ramirez sale.

Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi set for new deal.

Giuseppe Sannino accepts sacking from Palermo.

Spain

Portuguese international Nelson Oliveira happy in Spain.

‘I’d sign Cristiano Ronaldo in a heartbeat’ – Dani Alves

Malaga v Zenit – Match Preview

Real Madrid v Manchester City – Match Preview

Germany

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is in no hurry to sign a new deal with Schalke.

Javi Martinez admits to ‘loving life’ at Bayern Munich.

Dortmund chief executive confident about Champions League success.

Schalke v Olympiacos – Match Preview

Borussia Dortmund v Ajax – Match Preview

Bits and bobs

Despite what you might think, Emmanuel Adebayor is a nice guy.

Leighton Baines’ goal against Newcastle.

West Ham likely to win bid for Olympic Stadium.

‘Mancini may be gone by the time City win the big one’ – Jose Mourinho

Gianfranco Zola threatens to fine Watford players who fail to learn English.

Manchester United fans faced Leppings Lane deathtrap 32 years before 1989 tragedy.

Comments (4)

  1. Galliani looks like the warden from Shawshank when he was Stallone’s boss in Demolition Man

  2. Uncle Fester= Galliani

  3. Evra’s starting against Gala?

    I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT BUTTNER!!

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