Sky: Mihajlovic to leave Milan at the end of the season

By Oliver Fisher -

According to reports from Sky, Sinisa Mihajlovic has made the decision to leave Milan at the end of the season.

Rumours surrounding the future of Rossoneri coach Miahjlovic have always been rife, especially when results for his side were not favourable.

Add to that the constant de-stabilising comments from President Berlusconi, and you have a potentially volatile relationship between the manager and the board, given the pressure on the Serb to achieve quickly.

Sky is reporting that the aforementioned has become too much for the manager, and that he has decided to quit as Milan manager following the conclusion of the 2015/16 season.

This news is a shock somewhat, given that il Diavolo have a cup final against Juventus in Rome, and still plenty of chances to secure a top five finish, maybe even top three if the squad continues in their current vein.

Has the President forced Sinisa's hand? | Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images

Has the President forced Sinisa’s hand? | Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images

Milanisti everywhere are generally outraged by the news. The club needs stability, and losing a manager that was starting to get the best out of a squad of players that is far from elite has obviously worried people that the project may be delayed.

On the contrary, some may say that with the levels of spending in the summer this squad should be comfortably inside the top five by now, and perhaps the start to Sinisa’s reign in which the team didn’t look much improved contributed to the downfall.

As a coach, Mihajlovic has a 38.3% win rate, with 31.5% being draws and the other 30.2% being losses, at an average of 1.46 points per game.

In his 266 days as Milan boss, he has 19 wins from 34 matches, with eight draws and seven losses at almost two points per game average. The team average 1.59 goals per game, conceding less than a goal (0.94).

Sky continue to state that the reason for this decision is because of the complete breakdown in the working relationship between Mihajlovic and Berlusconi, with the President reportedly demanding the coach to play Mario Balotelli against Torino while Niang was started instead.

Could this man be Milan coach next season? | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Could this man be Milan coach next season? | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

On the front page of La Gazzetta dello Sport there is a story linking Milan with current Sassuolo coach Eusebio di Francesco, a man who like Mihajlovic at Sampdoria has done wonders with the resources available.

GdS also go on to say that Domenico Berardi may be following him and could end up in Rossoneri colours next season, despite being a self-confessed Inter fan who is owned by Juventus.

There are likely to be many more developments in this news, such as possible murmurings of a phone call between Berlusconi and former Milan manager Fabio Capello.

For now, as fans we are all left in suspense, and as so often with this club in recent times there really is a sense of one step forward, two steps back.

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