After a piss poor performance in the Seria A this season and the recent loss against the Bianconeris, AC Milan have finally sacked their Serbian coach Sinisa Mihajlovic and replaced him with their youth team coach Cristian Brocchi until the end of the season.
This decision was clearly written on the wall, as the club owner and the former Italian president Silvio Berlusconi had a meeting with Brocchi and the vice president of the club Adriano Galliano for about three hours on Monday night.
Cristian Brochhi, the former Italy and Lazio player, who also played for both the Milan teams and won 2 UCL, 1 Serie A and 1 Italian Cup with the AC Milan, becomes the fifth coach of the Rossoneri in little over two years span, and this the first the 40-years-old Italian take charge of a senior team. Brochhi calls the first training session on Tuesday afternoon and will make the debut of his coaching stint against Sampadoria on 17th April.
Interestingly, Mihajlovic who was a player and an assistant coach of the Inter Milan, the arch rivals of the AC Milan,also joined the club form Sampadoria in last June and guided Milan to the first Italian Cup final since 2003. Mihajlovic’s future at the red side of the Milan was depending on the result of the Italian Cup final but two consecutive defeats in Seria A –against Atlanta and Juventus made things worse for the Serbian coach and the club fired him before the expected time span.
The 116 years old club with 7 UCL trophies released a statement to confirm the news and said; “’Our most sincere thanks go to Mr. Mihajlovic for the work he has done with dedication and honesty.”
Milan did not win their last five matches and moreover lost three of them. The team is currently in 6th position in the Serie A and UCL qualification for the club is looking a distant dream for the third consecutive season. Notably, two years ago, Milan also promoted their youth team coach and gave the charge of the senior team to the famous Italian footballer Filippo Inzaghi, who did not last even a year and was eventually fired and replaced by Sinisa Mihajlovic.
Milan becomes the ninth Italian club who sacked their coach middle of the season and the last time a Milan coach spend more than a year at the San Siro was when Massimiliano Allegri was the coach of this eminent club. Allegri was sacked in 2014 and then took the charge of Juventus and steered them to the Italian league and cup double and to the Champions League final in his first season in charge. So whether Brochhi will be able to win the Italian Cup or will able to qualify for the European competitions, time will only answer that but the heat is on for this Italian coach too.