Former coach of Ac.Milan, Clarence Seedorf exposed to the public that even though his time in charge of the Italian team was limited to less than an official season, it was still an enjoyable moment and the Dutchman went on giving a special praise to Mario Balotelli as well as stating that the only thing Balotelli needs is to mature as a man.
Seedorf said: “It was really exciting to work with him, he’s very young, but he’s so talented. He has great will to improve his game and he did’’
“I think the most difficult thing for him, is to really mature as a man, because on the field, he has shown the skills, not as consistently as we’d like. But I think it is all to do with maturity, getting more mature and becoming a real man.
Clarence Seedorf was appointed as the head coach of Ac.Milan a few months ago in January as he replaced Massimiliano Allegri but his time in San Siro did not last very long as he was sacked after 4 months.
Mario Balotelli is considered by many to be one of the best youngsters in the world but he has consistently been engaged in a series of activities which has led to the Italian attacker getting sanctioned or having his reputation further damaged.
During his time as a player of Inter Milan, in a Serie A match he launched his jersey to the pitch and in an interview he was seen wearing a jersey of the clubs’ rivals Ac.Milan while Jose Mourinho has labeled him as an: ‘’unmanageable’’ player.
The future of Mario Balotelli remains unclear as he has a contract with Ac.Milan that expires in 2017 but there are a number of clubs interested in signing him and the Italian attacker has not lived up to the expectations that originated since he signed with the club in San Siro.
Clarecence Seedorf spent 5 months in charge of Ac.Milan’s first team before being sacked as the Dutchman is being replaced by Filippo Inzaghi who used to be the coach of the youth team.
The owner of Ac.Milan, Berlusconi said: “We’ll see at the next board meeting what solution we find for Clarence Seedorf but that’s enough talking about the past, we are looking to the future. I’ve seen that Inzaghi is very determined, hungry for victory and absolutely in line with everything we want Milan to be. We want a team which wins, plays convincingly and entertains the fans. I hope that next season we can field a team which can start a new cycle. We have to become among the top competitors again like we have been for the past 30 years, at the moment we are between one cycle and another.”
Inzaghi remained being a player of Ac.Milan for 12 seasons as he made over 200 league goals for the Italian club and scored on 73 occasions. Bringing back former players and turning them into staff members of the club is something that Ac.Milan has recently started doing and they will continue that trend by turning Inzaghi into the manager of the first team as he replaces Clarence Seedorf who despite only had 5 months as the coach, he made a significant impact and overall helped the club avoid the bottom spots of Serie A during the previous season but it wasn’t enough for him to secure his position in the club.
Ac.Milan released a statement in which they said: “Clarence Seedorf has been dismissed. Filippo Inzaghi has been appointed as first-team coach, and is under contract until 30 June 2016.”
Seedorf announced his retirement from playing football when he was a player of Botafogo earlier in January as he decided to hang up his boots in order to have enough time to take up the managerial position at Ac.Milan but now that he was sacked, it remains unclear what the Dutchman will be doing from now on.
AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf has stated that his future at the club will become clear at the end of the season. Seedorf was appointed as the replacement for Massimiliano Allegri a few months ago, but results have failed to improve even after the Dutchman came to the club. Seedorf was given the ultimatum of securing Europa league football at the end of the season, but Milan failed to do that as well after a 2-1 defeat against Atalanta during the weekend.
As result, the club will be without any form of European competition for next season, which will be a huge blow to their finances. As a result of this failure, it has been speculated that Seedorf will step down from his post at the end of the season. The club are preparing the former striker Filippo Inzaghi to become their new manager according to rumours. Former club midfielder, Seedorf, though, has reacted to the speculation by saying that one should ask owner Berlusconi in order to get news about his future.
Seedorf announced his retirement from playing football back in January 2014 in order to take over as the manager of Milan. His time at the club has been overseen by inconsistent results throughout his regime.
“You’d have to ask the club. That isn’t a question for me. [Silvio] Berlusconi’s words from yesterday? I don’t have anything to say as I didn’t understand them well. Everyone can give their personal interpretation and I can say that I only thought about the squad because it is easy to deal with this group. The players are used to these things. They are professionals and therefore they give their best through their work. They give 100% and the results are proof of that,” said Seedorf.
Milan are set to finish lower than fifth in the table.
The early promise that seemed to appear after the appointment of Clarence Seedorf has managed in recent weeks after the club has suffered back-to-back defeats in important competitions. After the league defeats at the hands of Juventus and Udinese, Milan were hoping to at least get into the quarter-finals of the Champions League since it would have been rewarding financially. The club are anyway about to lose their record of having appeared in any form of European football for more than a decade. They will be without even Europa league football next season, but an appearance in the quarter-final of the Champions League this season will be enough to sustain the club going forward.
However, they have failed to do so after suffering a 5-1 aggregate defeat at the hands of Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid. The Italians came into the match trailing 1-0 from the first leg, but they conceded a goal in the second minute to destroy Seedorf’s plans. They went on to lose 4-1 with only Kaka scoring the consolation goal for Milan. After this disappointment, progress will return to the league, as Milan will be seeking a strong into the season. They will be up against an inform Parma team and this will be a very difficult encounter according to Seedorf.
“It’ll be a tough match tomorrow as we’ll be up against a team in form. We’ll give everything to get into Europe, working game by game and we have 11 matches to get to that objective. The team is focused and the players are ready to give 100%. If we had won the home match against Juventus of the Champions League match against Atletico, something would have changed, especially for the players who are in a delicate situation. We’ll keep working with enthusiasm to get out of this situation,” said Seedorf.
Ac.Milan’s crisis sees the Italian team fighting in the Serie A in the middle section of the tables and having made a series of major changes in the club including a switch of coaches as Massimiliano Allegri was fired and Clarence Seedorf was appointed as the new head coach.
There even were rumors involving Adriano Galiani wanting to leave the club after having problems with Barbara Berlusconi as well as having a number of players entering and departing the Italian club.
The situation could even be seen just by looking at the players themselves and this was the case during Ac.Milan’s match against Napoli when Mario Balotelli was substituted and replaced by Pazzini. The former Manchester City started shedding tears as he was unable to help his team overcome Napoli and get them out of their situation.
1 week later Balotelli would score the only goal of Ac.Milan’s match against Bologna as the Italian attacker scored with a long range shot that gave his team the crucial victory.
The new coach of Ac.Milan, Clarence Seedorf praised the work of Balotelli as he even said that he will become a champion someday.
“It’s the kind of goal Mario knows how to score, as he has these weapons in his armory,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “The great thing is that the team continues to believe in the result, as you don’t score goals like that unless you believe.”
“People like to take my words out of context. I didn’t say Mario isn’t a champion, but that he will become a champion. I believe in him a great deal and I believe in the man he is becoming. I only think positive things towards him. What position do I like him best in? I like Balotelli. He can play on the right or the left.”