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Mark Doyle: Why AC Milan should look at De Boer as a replacement for Allegri

It was previously thought that Massimiliano Allegri had done a fine job in qualifying AC Milan for this season’s Champions League, given the coach had to deal with a dreadful start to the 2012-13 Serie A campaign precipitated by the summer sale of his two best players, Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, it emerged Sunday that the credit for the Rossoneri’s remarkable turnaround lay elsewhere.

"Last season, after a disastrous first half of the campaign," club owner Silvio Berlusconi explained, "I took a closer interest in Milan — and we snatched third place. I think that the team needs more of my help again today.”

Allegri must be as offended as he is fearful. Milan is indeed struggling once more, with Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Livorno having left it ninth in the table, a staggering 22 points behind leader Juventus, and 14 adrift of third-place Napoli.

The one saving grace has been its relatively respectable European form, with Milan only needing a point from Wednesday’s clash with Ajax at San Siro to progress to the knockout stage of the Champions League.



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