With their current struggles, AC Milan may be looking to shake up management at the end of this season.
While Rino Gattuso has been given a three-year contract extension to manage the Diavolo, team sporting director Max Mirabelli could be on his way out.
One name that has been floated to replace Mirabelli is former Inter director Walter Sabatini.
Sabatini recently resigned as director for both Inter Milan and Jiangsu Suning – Nerazzurri owner Suning Group’s team in the Chinese Super League.
A thought is that either Sabatini or Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli could come in and work as a manager with Mirabelli or that Mirabelli could be shown the door after his summer spending spree failed to yield a Champions League spot for AC Milan.
Sabatini resigned his post with the Nerazzurri last month and followed Jiangsu Suning manager – and former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Juventus manger – Fabio Capello’s resignation.
Some rationale for Sabatini’s departure was the failure to sign Ramires, Javier Pastore or Alex Teixeira during the January mercato. Also, because of the Suning Group’s wanting for Inter Milan to become more profitable and not violate Financial Fair Play rules, the ownership directed Sabatini to sell current players in order to pay for any new ones.
However, a move to AC Milan would lead to a similar situation, especially after the summer spending didn’t produce results. Earlier this year, team owner Yonghong Li declared bankruptcy and is reportedly selling 25 percent of the club to help stem the tide of his debt.
While where Sabatini will land is not yet known, it seems a move to the Rossoneri seems highly unlikely if he wants to have the financial freedom to purchase players.
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