Ever since his arrival at AC Milan from Arsenal, Ivan Gazidis has divided the fans. Working closely with the owners, Elliott Management, he has sometimes been responsible for delivering unpopular decisions.
This summer, he’s expected to be the leader of the imminent youth revolution, having identified Ralf Rangnick as the perfect manager/sporting director for the project. Even so, the CEO has a long way to go before winning over the fans.
Paolo Scaroni, the president of Milan, took part in a video conference for the sports law outlet Olympialex. As cited by Calciomercato.com, he defended Gazidis and also explained the South African’s work duties at the club.
“Ivan Gazidis, a professional in the football world, was a welcome addition. He deals with three areas: the first is to build a young team, with young players who play fast, faster than what is usually seen in Italy, more similar to the English model or Ajax.
“The second area concerns the new stadium: San Siro has a big name, but is totally obsolete for football. The third area is the sponsors: Milan need it, without results, the sponsors do not arrive and without sponsors, the results do not arrive,” he stated.
Above all, Gazidis has been criticised on the sponsorship front. According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanLive), the new deal with Fly Emirates will be worth less than the current one, which has caught the attention of the fans.