Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Time up for Ancelotti?

AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi insists he is not set to axe coach Carlo Ancelotti.

The pressure is seemingly mounting on Ancelotti after the UEFA Champions League holders relinquished their title on Tuesday as they went out 2-0 to English Premier League leaders Arsenal at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

But Berlusconi says he is not ready to wield the axe just yet.

"Ancelotti stays," he underlined. "I am absolutely convinced of that fact, also because of the emotional closeness between us.

"He has brought many victories to Milan. Carlo has the complete trust of the club and will remain with us."

Marcello Lippi was linked with a move to the San Siro, but he has dismissed this claim and Berlusconi also denied any link with the Italian World Cup winner.

"I say this despite the respect I have for Marcello Lippi, who I consider to be a great trainer," he concluded.

Lippi added that he thought Ancelotti would remain at the helm of the Rossoneri.

"In Milan's environment they are a big family. Ancelotti is a part of it", Lippi told Sky Italia.

"Milan won't let Ancelotti escape and Ancelotti won't leave Milan."

Ancelotti himself admitted that Milan were now looking to claim fourth place in Serie A following their European disappointment.

"From a physical point of view, the fact we now do not have the European engagement is surely an advantage for the rest of our season, in which we will have the aim to achieve the fourth place," he said.

"There are no regrets: in my opinion we couldn't do anything more.

"My side did the best they could. This is football. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and you must restart."

Source: Sky Sports

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