More information continues to filter regarding what Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s role with AC Milan will be, and what has convinced him to return for a third spell that will be very different to the previous two.
As Giancarlo Padovan reports for Calciomercato.com, what filters is that Ibrahimovic will be advisor to and consultant for Gerry Cardinale, the owner of the club. The powers he would have and how he could exercise them are another topic, however.
Cardinale is a big admirer of Zlatan’s personality and his charisma, but his return does call into question whether the collective working group formed after Paolo Maldini’s exit can continue, because Ibrahimovic is not suitable for a subordinate role and wants to have a decisive say in things.
For roles such as sporting and technical director, courses must be completed at the Coverciano Technical Center and qualifications obtained, the same goes for coaching too, which is why a more all-encompassing but less official position was needed.
Ibra is believed to have asked for freedom of action and decision, but Padovan questions whether that can co-exist with a shared working group like the one CEO Giorgio Furlani, chief scout Geoffrey Moncada and technical director Antonio D’Ottavio have.
Everything is possible, but thinking of Ibrahimovic as a moderator who puts out fires seems difficult when his entire career has been based around being the strength and the driving force. The writers adds: “Once depowered, he has no more value. Or he loses a lot of it.”
Ibra would like to be many things (coach, manager, president, owner) but above all omnipotent, like when he demonstrated his undisputed superiority on the pitch. However, the laws of the field no longer matter and he is about to start a whole different game, where ‘it is easier to lose than win’.