There were some doubts about Elliott Management when they seized control of AC Milan and started putting their vision in place, but it would be fair to say most – if not all – have faded.
As MilanNews reports, the year of 2021 has started in the best way possible for the Rossoneri as they have maintained their lead atop the Serie A table following on from a 2020 in which they picked up more league points than anyone else.
Two and a half years have passed since Elliott took charge after the catastrophic Chinese ownership that left the American fund having to rescue a disastrous financial situation. They decided the best way to do so was a three-point plan: to focus on young players, reduce the wage bill and consequently make greater investments in the medium to long term.
In the initial forecasts it was anticipated that it could take three to five years for Milan to start seeing the fruits of such a project, but it seems as though the club are on track and ahead of schedule.
Since the summer of 2019 the management has not missed a beat, managing to remedy the problems that arose such as choice of head coach – with Stefano Pioli infinitely better than Marco Giampaolo – and raising the quality of the squad thanks to excellent markets, especially in January 2020.
The report adds that in recent weeks Maldini and Massara have had carte blanche, because Elliott trust them to blend young signings like Tonali, Hauge, Dalot and Brahim Diaz with experience such as Mandzukic. The arrival of Ibrahimovic and Kjaer 12 months ago was decisive for the entire growth of the group, to give an example.
Despite the lack of participation in the Champions League, the management still managed to acquire several promising players, such as Bennacer, Theo Hernandez, Leao and Tonali.
Therefore, MilanNews add, it is logical to imagine that upon returning to the top European competition, the Diavolo will grow further.
The construction of the new stadium will help too, and if Ivan Gazidis has repeatedly stressed that Milan are the Italian club with the greatest potential for growth, it seems everything is working in the right direction.