Milan confirm interest in Allegri
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed the club
have entered negotiations with Cagliari to recruit coach
However, Galliani has insisted the deal to bring Allegri to the
San Siro is far from done.
“It’s premature,” said Galliani to Gazzetta dello Sport. “I
cannot add anything more as coaches arrive at the beginning of
“We are nevertheless negotiating.”
The Rossoneri have been looking for a new coach since Leonardo
parted company with the club after just one season in charge of
Milan’s first team.
Allegri has been strongly linked with the Rossoneri hotseat in
the last two months.
Cagliari surprisingly removed Allegri from his managerial duties
back in April despite the club sitting comfortably in 12th
The Sicilian club promoted Giorgio Melis as his replacement
although the 42-year-old Allegri is still contracted to Cagliari
for a further year.
“At this time Allegri is the Cagliari coach, hence, we shall
see,” said Galliani.
“Our relationship with (Cagliari president Massimo) Cellino is
great and will remain great regardless of how the negotiations
“Does (AC Milan owner Silvio) Berlusconi like him (Allegri)? He
should answer that question but I believe he does.”
Galliani denied reports that Italy coach Marcello Lippi is
another candidate for the Rossonero hotseat.
Lippi is expected to leave the Azzurri squad after the World Cup
in South Africa.
“There is no truth in those rumours,” he said.
Allegri was voted the best coach of the 2008-09 season ahead of
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho.