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Football: Milan look to Seedorf after Allegri sacking

Struggling Serie A giants AC Milan are attempting to lure Dutchman Clarence Seedorf to the club as a replacement for Massimiliano Allegri, who was sacked as coach on Monday following a 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo, say reports. The latest reports from Italy claim former Rossoneri midfielder Seedorf is the hot favourite to take over from 46-year-old Allegri and is expected in Milan on Thursday.

Football: Embattled Milan sack coach Allegri

Struggling Serie A giants AC Milan sacked coach Massimiliano Allegri on Monday, a day after a 4-3 league defeat to league newcomers Sassuolo. Milan are 11th in Serie A, 30 points behind leaders Juventus and 20 behind Napoli who occupy the third and last qualifying spot for the Champions League. A statement on www.acmilan.it said: "AC Milan announces that it has dismissed as coach of the first team, with immediate effect, Mr. Massimiliano Allegri and his staff.

Football: 'Embarrassing' Milan must do better, says Allegri

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has demanded improvements after what he labelled an "embarrassing" last half hour in a stunning 2-0 home defeat to Fiorentina on Saturday. Milan face Champions League Barcelona on Wednesday, two weeks after a 1-1 draw at the San Siro gave the Italians a share of the points and a two-point lead on Group H qualification rivals Celtic. But on the domestic front, the Rossoneri are in crisis mode.

Football: Milan, Allegri deny Roma reports

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has denied newspaper reports linking him with a move to fellow Serie A club Roma as speculation continues that one of the Rossoneri's former stars could take over at the San Siro. Reports last week claimed club owner Silvio Berlusconi favoured replacing Allegri with former midfielder Clarence Seedorf, who has no coaching experience and is still contracted to Brazilian club Botafogo. Then, former Milan midfielder Mark Van Bommel, also still playing football and the captain at PSV Eindhoven, was linked with the coaching job.

Milan is Balotelli's big chance, says coach

MILAN (Reuters) - Mario Balotelli is an excellent professional and AC Milan is his big chance to get his career on the right track, his coach Massimiliano Allegri said after the volatile forward scored two more goals on Sunday. The maverick striker, yet to be on the losing side with his new club, appears to have left behind the antics which marked his spell in the Premier League and has scored seven times in six appearances since his January move from Manchester City.

Football: Allegri not taking Milan qualification for granted

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted on Monday that his team would need to be even better than in the first leg to go through to the Champions League quarter-finals at Barcelona's expense. Milan come into the last 16 second leg at the Camp Nou in a strong position, leading 2-0 from last month's first leg in Italy. If Milan manage to score in Catalonia, Barcelona will be left needing four goals on the night to turn the tie around, but Allegri knows that such an exploit is not necessarily beyond a team that contains the likes of Lionel Messi.

Football: Balotelli set for Milan debut - Allegri

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has virtually guaranteed that Mario Balotelli will make his debut for the club when the Rossoneri host Udinese at the San Siro on Sunday. Balotelli joined Milan from Manchester City for a fee of around 30 million euros ($40.9m) this week in a deal that will see him remain with the Serie A giants until 2017. Although Allegri welcomed the Italy striker, he said the team must forget the recent media hype surrounding the 22-year-old star and maintain the impressive recent form that has seen them climb to fifth place in the table.

Football: Balotelli set for Milan debut - Allegri

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has virtually guaranteed that Mario Balotelli will start his first game for the club when the Rossoneri host Udinese at the San Siro on Sunday. Balotelli joined Milan from Manchester City for a fee of around 30 million euros ($40.9m) this week in a deal that will see him remain with the Serie A giants until 2017. Although Allegri welcomed the Italy striker, he said the team must forget the recent media hype surrounding the 22-year-old star and maintain the impressive recent form that has seen them climb to fifth place in the table.
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