Thursday, 21 May 2009

Milan to make Ancelotti decision

AC Milan will make an announcement on the future of coach Carlo Ancelotti as early as Monday amid continuing rumours of an impending move to Chelsea.

Marco van Basten & Carlo Ancelotti (January 2008)The Milan coach is the favourite to replace the English Premier League's interim manager Guus Hiddink, with reports suggesting the Italian will be appointed next week while reports in Spain claim he is still on Real Madrid's managerial shortlist.

Ancelotti has one year left on his contract and doubts over his future at the San Siro have intensified after he was criticised by owner Silvio Berlusconi last week.

Milan can seal automatic qualification for next season's UEFA Champions League by beating Roma on Sunday, with a decision about the coach an the future to be made 24 hours later.

"I hope to say something on Monday because it will mean we have achieved direct qualification into the Champions League," vice-President Adriano Galliani said.

"At Milan, there is no chaos but only very clear ideas that will be announced once we claim a Champions League place.

"(AC Milan owner Silvio) Berlusconi and I always agree on our decisions. There is no difference between the President and the Managing Director and I hope I can make an announcement on Monday."

The rumours of a move to Chelsea have sparked speculation over who could replace Ancelotti at Milan, with legendary Rossoneri striker Marco van Basten mooted as a leading candidate.

Current assistant Mauro Tassotti, technical director Leonardo, former star Frank Rijkaard and Cagliari boss Massimiliano Allegri are other names in the frame, but Galliani insists Milan have not even considered replacements for Ancelotti.

Galliani added: "I have never spoken to any coaches and I challenge anyone to show the contrary.

"We have never thought about any other coaches. Let's allow the championship to finish and then we'll see."

Second-placed Milan are four points clear of fourth-placed Fiorentina, who they face on the final day of the season, with two games left. The top three in Italy's Serie A qualify automatically for the 2009-10 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Source: Sky Sports

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