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Poor Strama, Allegri: Inter, AC Milan leave coaches in limbo

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Imagine being a soccer fan in Milan right now. In all likelihood, you either support AC Milan or Internazionale – two rivals whose fan bases currently have one thing in common. Each morning supporters wake up and go to the papers wondering if their manager’s face is going to be sprayed across them. In all likelihood, neither Inter’s Andrea Stramaccioni (pictured) nor Milan’s Max Allegri will make it through the summer.

We talked about Allegri on Monday, when hours of confusion led many to believe he’d been let go. Milan denied the story, said Silvio Berlusconi would meet with the coach on Wednesday, and here we are. It’s Thursday in Italy, and so far, Allegri not only maintains in his job but is getting support from the Milan Ultras. Though rumors persist Clarence Seedorf will be lured from Brazil to man the sidelines with Milan, Allegri has survived, even if he seems uncertain how much longer it can last.

At some point, Allegri just has to let it happen. His resume at Milan is strong enough (first, second, third place finishes), he’ll be able to get other jobs. But if her olds on to this ledge for too long, he’ll miss his opportunities. Other jobs will be taken. He should be planning his exit as much as waiting for it.

The situation’s different on the other side of the San Siro. Stramaccioni was pressed into action last year and did a reasonable job righting their ship, but over the course of a full season, he’s produced disastrous results. Inter finished an embarrassing ninth in Serie A, losing seven of their final nine games.

The 37-year-old former Primavera boss has to be replaced. There’s no circumstance in which Inter can accept those results, meaning the question isn’t so much if but when. And by who.

Walter Mazzarri is the most prominent link, with Inter president Massimo Moratti forced to deny Wednesday rumors that the former Napoli coach has already signed with Inter. Roberto Mancini has also been linked, with Morratti refusing to confirm or deny the man who’s already won three scudetti with Inter could return to the San Siro. Where Inter’s job actually officially open, you’d undoubtedly be hearing others linked with the Nerazzurri post.

At this point, it’s a gambler’s game. Who will be gone first: Allegri? Or Stramaccioni? By the time you read this, bookies may already be paying off their bets.

Silvio Berlusconi says he hasn’t fired Maximiliano Allegri. Yet.

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AC Milan were sent into temporarily turmoil hours ago thanks to a letter read on the television show Il Processo di Biscardi, one in which team owner Silvio Berlusconi was professed to be firing his “coaching staff.” Onlookers took that to include head coach Maximiliano Allegri.

Milan almost immediately denied Allegri had been fired, announcing Berlusconi’s denial. The letter wasn’t from him, nor had any changes been made at the club.

Allegri’s job has been in doubt since a start to the season that saw Milan dwelling near relegation. They’ve rebounded to claim third place, not bad for a team that sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva this summer. Still, Berlusconi is understood to want a new coach, with vice president Adriano Galliani left fighting to keep Allegri’s job.

Berlusconi and Allegri are supposed to meet on Wednesday to discuss the coach’s future, but when the Milan owner failed to call in for his appointment tonight on Biscardi, the following letter was read, reportedly on his behalf.

There will be a complete change in the coaching staff. We will also, if necessary, re-organize the club structure.

After the disastrous start to the season, I met with the coach and directors to tell everyone this situation had to be overturned.

I also specified that the team had to step on to the field with a different tactical set-up, as I have a lot of experience in this area.

The results were seen straight away, modesty aside, starting from the comeback to draw 2-2 with Napoli. From the relegation zone we climbed to third place, earned yesterday by the skin of our teeth.

I have already called for tomorrow a complete revamp of the coaching staff and, if it were needed, a more efficient and complete re-organization of the club structure.”

When you know it’s a joke, the letter seems farcical, but given who was purported to have written it, it wasn’t completely implausible. Such the life of Berlusconi: Mockery rests next to truth.

Allegri’s probably going to be fired, and that will likely happen soon. With a scudetto on his record and enough sympathy given Milan’s summer losses, it won’t be long before Allegri will be working in a better less-hectic place.