Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are no longer the technical and sporting director of AC Milan, which will also prompt a change in the recruitment strategy moving forward.
MilanNews writes that discussions had already begun involving Maldini and Massara regarding the summer transfer window and there were some targets over whom work had begun.
That means Milan cannot waste time as happened last year with the long and drawn-out renewal saga, and it can be assumed that the club already had a plan ready to make up for the departure of Maldini and Massara.
The CEO Giorgio Furlani will have a major role in the incomings and outgoings, while chief scout Geoffrey Moncada probably will not have the official title like Massara but will be the de facto sporting director.
Milan will change their way of operating and will have a modus operandi that will be more in line with Cardinale’s ideas, implemented above all by his experiences in American sport.
In three terms, the new management of the Rossoneri can be summarised as follows: young players, scouting and algorithms.
The first point has been the main prerogative since Elliott Management’s time in charge and was also adopted by Maldini and Massara, but for some exceptions like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Simon Kjaer.
Secondly, as a prerequisite for youth policy, the already very active scouting process in recent seasons will be increased and which will be even more central in the choice of profiles to focus on.
Finally, the algorithms and the analysis of the data will be of primary importance, according to the methodology of the American guru Billy Beane who in the early 2000s thus revolutionised the way of managing a baseball franchise.
His philosophy has already been used, like with Toulouse, and has borne interesting fruits given they were promoted from Ligue 2 and won the Coupe de France this year. Translating that to a club like Milan, however, is another thing.