The tremors are still being felt after the earthquake that shocked AC Milan over the last four days, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic retiring and then Paolo Maldini getting sacked.
MilanNews writes that Ricky Massara’s farewell will be made official soon too, so the two protagonists of Milan’s resurgence in recent years were on the San Siro pitched to attend the ceremony for Ibrahimovic but ended up saying goodbye themselves less than 48 hours later.
Who will replace Maldini and Massara? The Milan press release published yesterday says that the duties of the directors ‘will be assigned to an integrated working group that will work in close contact with the coach of the first team, reporting directly to the CEO’.
Therefore, it will be CEO Furlani and chief scout Moncada who will conduct Milan’s moves in the summer transfer window, while head coach Stefano Pioli will also get more of a say in the players that come and go.
However, something is missing. Maldini’s importance was also in large part because of his work away from the desk, and the relationship he had created with the team was something unique.
The closeness that the former captain had to the squad and Pioli was one of the most important forces behind the Rossoneri’s successes. Without Paolo it won’t be the same and replacing him won’t be easy.
However, the idea of keeping Ibrahimovic at the club as a point of reference for the first team and a link between the players and upper management must be put forward, as the Swede could really help a transitional period.