Many assumed that Elliott Management would be at AC Milan for the short term after seizing control of the club back in 2018, but they seem to be here for the long run.
As MilanNews writes, it is easy for the average fan to become detached from football because of the astronomical figures, the long-standing financial issues and the importance of budgets, which have made the sport almost as much of an off-field battle as an on-field one.
Nonetheless, the construction of a winning project must have patience, and Elliott have often stressed that for a vision to bear fruit then the building must be slow, correct and sustainable.
CEO Ivan Gazidis and Elliott’s calm influence are an exception to the rule in modern football, as the former revealed that the American fund are set on the construction of a long-term project and above all destined to last over time.
“They have a clear vision. They want a top Milan, with local values, winning. They want a Milan in a new stadium, the most beautiful in the world. Elliott has always said there is no deadline. The ownership supported the club very strongly,” Gazidis said.
The plan extends across all areas of the club including targeted and precise signings to fit the vision; i.e. players useful to the cause right away and excited by the idea of being a Milan player.
Gazidis was criticised upon his arrival for being detached from the Rossoneri’s history, and perhaps more in touch with the business side of the game rather than supporters who experience the club almost in a religious way.
“I want to be part of this club and I want to help bring him back to the great international teams. I’m proud, I feel like a fan, today I really feel like a Milan fan,” he said.
“It is not a financial challenge, but the challenge of my life. I have loved football since I was a child. Milan represents something special for me. A unique chance in the world for me. We’ve been through some tough times, but now we’re here. I am proud and I feel privileged.”
It seems like the former Arsenal chief has really thrown himself into the experience and is committed to building a winning Milan, along with the owners who installed him.