Gazidis: “Football is an emotionally challenging business”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis has admitted that his job is ’emotionally challenging’ due to the nature of people within football.

The Rossoneri brought in Gazidis from Premier League side Arsenal, having held the chief executive position there for ten years.

They tasked the South African with getting Milan bag on par with Europe’s elite from an economic point of view, through commercial sponsorships and other revenue sources.

Milan are currently owned by US hedge fund Elliott Managemet, who took over after Yonghong Li failed to repay the loans he took out to buy the club from Silvio Berlusconi.

The Financial Times have published a feature on the running of the club since Elliott took over, with Paolo Maldini and Zvonomir Boban both offering their own insight.

Gazidis gave his thoughts too, and provided an interesting insight into his role.

“It’s not an intellectually challenging business. It’s emotionally challenging,” he said.

“Fundamentally, we’re talking about a group of 23-year-old millionaires kicking a piece of leather into a basket.

“Millions of people around the world invest their self-esteem in their ability to do that well.”


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