AC Milan haven’t had the season that they hoped for, and at the back end of 2017, it resulted in speculation over who their coach would be next season.
After sacking Vincenzo Montella, club legend Gennaro Gattuso was given the reins for the time being as results will likely dictate whether or not he gets longer than this campaign.
As per Calciomercato in November, it was claimed that the Rossoneri had held talks with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte with a view of the Italian tactician leaving Stamford Bridge this summer and joining them.
A lot has happened in the time that has passed since as Conte isn’t under as much pressure as he was then with results picking up, but the situation arguably remains the same for Milan.
They remain in mid-table mediocrity in Serie A and will have to hope for success in the Coppa Italia and Europa League to make this campaign a success, while question marks will rightly be raised of Gattuso if they fall even shorter of their objectives.
Now it’s been claimed by The Express, via Corriere dello Sport’s front-page, that Chelsea will appoint Massimiliano Allegri ahead of next season, leaving Conte out of a job and potentially back on the market for Milan to make their move.
The Daily Star noted as recently as last week that Milan were still interested in appointing Conte, and now it looks as though they could be handed a major boost in their pursuit of the former Italy boss.
It’s arguably going to take a coach with Conte’s fire, experience, winning mentality and grit to get the best out of this Milan squad, as after splashing out on 11 new players last summer, the quality is there but it’s not leading to acceptable results for a club steeped in such history and prestige.
Time will tell if Allegri gets the job at Stamford Bridge after winning Serie A titles with Milan and Juventus, and if that in turn results in a knock-on effect for Conte to make the move to the San Siro. That in itself could be contentious given his rich history with the Turin giants both as a player and manager.