Tuttosport: Zlatan’s approval and style of play – why the Van Bommel temptation is growing

By Euan Burns -

Mark van Bommel’s chances of becoming the next AC Milan coach have been boosted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic placing himself in the Dutchman’s corner.

As reported by Tuttosport (via Radio Rossonera), Van Bommel is a genuine option for Milan given he is set to leave Royal Antwerp at the end of the season and has support from inside Casa Milan.

The former midfielder is best known for playing at Bayern Munich and for Milan. He became a key player under Massimiliano Allegri during his short spell at Milan, helping them win the Scudetto in 2011.

He spent a season and a half with Milan and made a good impression, and Ibrahimovic now wants to bring him back to the club.

The fact that he used the 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 formations regularly has made him a popular choice from a tactical standpoint, whilst his leadership and international experience whilst coaching PSV Eindhoven, Wolfsburg and Antwerp also serve to boost his profile.

He is certainly not the only coach that Milan are looking at, with the likes of Paulo Fonseca, Sergio Conceicao, Christoph Galtier and Thiago Motta among others also attracting attention.

Van Bommel has less of a profile than some other names but Ibrahimovic thinks he is a good fit to replace Stefano Pioli.

Tags AC Milan Mark van Bommel Zlatan Ibrahimovic


  1. If this is true and Milan end up hiring Van Bommel then Zlatan should be kicked out.
    The last couple of years marked a big improvement over the past ten years, if you want to risk that just so you can hire your friend then you should go back to Los Angeles.

      1. We don’t give af at which coach, as long as he knows practically how to beat Inter di Merda and Juve Merde because when you can beat those two, we have 50%+ chance to win serie A next season

  2. This would absolutely be a very very good move, I have said it countless times, right now Milan needs a European Coach who understands the way European football is played, in that aspect he is vastly experienced, he was a great player at PSV. Barca , Bayern and Milan, he won major trophies in all these 4 clubs, he is a serial winner as a player, throughout his career both domestically in various leagues and the Dutch National team, he was coached by the very best tacticians of the time, this is something we need badly, a coach with a diverse view of the game, someone who will look at and use our young players, which we have in abundance either in the Primavera or out on loan, added to the still young players we have in the squad right now, but are been mishandled by Pioli, right now Italian coaches need to evolve to the new standards in Europe, the only Italian coach who has continued to grow and evolve is Ancelloti, Conte will huff and puff, but after a while he will destabilise the team and the club.
    Van Bommel is a Milan great who knows the club and the city, has bleed and won for us, and is a winner and fighter, we should bring him in, and ensure he gets a good backroom staff, then we could get Maldera from Brighton as one of his assistants, they know each other and worked in Milan during Allegri’s time,De Zerbi still lacks something in terms of experience and Charisma that Van Bommel would bring.
    For the sake of the club, and the future of our players, Van Bommel is the best option, he will come with hunger, desire , experience, knowledge and above all humility and a listening ear, Conte is too erratic and frankly old fashioned.

    1. What is Zlatan style of play means? He know about only one thing. Scoring. Milan needs formation with 2 strikers to win. Befire Ancheloti dud it. Conto did it woth inter, Juv and dominate the midfield. Pls stop bringing these amateur coaches and be a professional club to represent italian football in its best not worst

        1. LOL, Belgian league! Yeah, sure, that qualifies someone to be a winner in Serie A! (insert rolling eyes here).

          Sure, he was an experienced player. That doesn’t translate into coaching experience. There are plenty of fabulous former players who tried to coach and failed miserably.

          Van Bommel is utterly mediocre. He is by far the worst choice of all the names floated. Ibra is out of his mind. He is favoring a friend, period. If Ibra prevails on this, my respect for him will go down the drains.

          We need a winner, not some mediocre guy who coaches in Belgium, whose best CV characteristic is that he is Ibra’s personal friend.

          If management goes for Van Bommel, then everything that some people say about how bad and non-ambitious our managers are, will be confirmed.

          If the tifosi protested when Lopetegui, a guy with proven coaching experience in big teams including at national team level, was being proposed, what will they think of this Joe Nobody (coaching-wise; he is not a Joe Nobody as a former player, but he is a Joe Nobody as a coach)?


          1. Honours
            Fortuna Sittard

            Eerste Divisie: 1994–95
            PSV Eindhoven

            Eredivisie: 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05
            KNVB Cup: 2004–05
            Johan Cruyff Shield: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2012

            La Liga: 2005–06
            Supercopa de España: 2005
            UEFA Champions League: 2005–06
            Bayern Munich

            Bundesliga: 2007–08, 2009–10
            DFB-Pokal: 2007–08, 2009–10
            UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2009–10

            Serie A: 2010–11
            Supercoppa Italiana: 2011

            FIFA World Cup runner-up: 2010

            FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2010
            Dutch Football Talent of the Year: 1999
            Dutch Footballer of the Year: 2001, 2005
            Dutch Football Golden Boot: 2005
            ESM Team of the Year: 2004–05
            Royal Antwerp

            Belgian Pro League: 2022–23
            Belgian Cup: 2022–23
            Belgian Super Cup: 2023

            Belgian Professional Manager of the Season: 2022–23
            Belgian Golden Shoe – Coach of the year: 2023 is this the CV of a Mediocre guy…???

    2. 1. Conte is a winner, erratic or not. ALso he is a disciplinarian, and currently that’s what Milan needs.
      2. Being a an experienced player doesn’t make you a good coach.
      3. You can’t think of any better candidate for Milan’s bench that has European experience than MVB? You think MVB is the BEST option?

      “Yea, we’ve seen you drive a Ford Fiesta, you didn’t crash and scratch it too bad. Here are the keys to a Porsche. Navigate!” LOL!!!

      1. Conte can only win in Italy, in Europe his limitations are clear for all to see, he is not flexible and is too set in his ways. the management have no intention of bringing him, knowing full well he is a hothead, look at his coaching history and U understand .
        Right now we need European experience, and right now yes MVB is the best option

        1. Yes, Usuf, this is indeed the CV of a mediocre COACH. I never doubted that he was an outstanding player and never implied otherwise. Have you noticed that your long list of accomplishments are nine tenths as a player, and one tenth as a manager, and the latter, in a very mediocre league like the Belgian one? Again, being a great player does not translate into being a great coach.

          Look, there are five top leagues in Europe. The EPL, the La Liga, the Serie A, the Bundesliga, and the Ligue 1. Belgium is NOT part of this list. Not even The Netherlands are, and Belgium is clearly behind even The Netherlands.

          No, having some success in Belgium is NOT sufficient credential to coach one of the three biggest teams in Serie A (Milan/Inter/Juve). These are seriously important teams; these are world-known teams with a hugely stressful environment, lots of expectations, lots of pressure, lots of criticism. Coaching in Belgium has NOTHING to do with coaching in Serie A. Not even close.

          The average world soccer fan would have trouble listing Belgian teams; would have no trouble listing Milan, Inter, and Juve. The order of magnitude is way different, and with it, comes the pressure that requires a tough guy with sufficient experience; not some guy who coaches some team in Belgium and happens to be Ibra’s personal friend. No. Just no.

          See, compare Van Bommel’s coaching CV with Lopetegui’s. The latter has a MUCH MORE PRESTIGIOUS CV, and still, he wasn’t accepted by the Milan tifosi and managers… and you want some Joe Nobody from the Belgium league to coach Milan? Whoa!

          Van Bommel = outstanding CV as a player
          Ban Bommel = mediocre CV as a coach

          Period, full stop.

  3. What is Zlatan style if play means? He know about only one thing. Scoring. Milan needs formation with 2 strikers to win. Befire Ancheloti dud it. Conto did it woth inter, Juv and dominate the midfield. Pls stop bringing these amateur coaches and be a professional club to represent italian football in its best not worst

  4. These are the Coaches who have Coached Van Bommel,
    Eric Gerets, Ronald Koeman, Gus Hiddink-PSV.
    Frank Rijkaard-Barcelona.
    Felix Magath, Jürgen Klinsman, Ottmar Hitzgfeld, Louis Van Gaal, Jupp Heynkes- Bayern.
    Allegri- AC Milan
    Dick Advocat, Philip Cocu – PSV

    Bert Van Marvick, Van Basten, Louis Van Gaal, Frank Rijkaard, Dick Advocat , Gus Hiddink- Dutch National team.
    Van Bommel was a pupil of great Coaches, just look at the names, this is the Kind of experience we need, apart from Conceico who also was a pupil of great Coaches, their is no one right now that’s available that has this sort of experience…
    DecZerbi has won nothing, coached by serie’ b and C coaches, Conte is all puff and smoke, and will destroy our young players and destabilise the club….

  5. Well if Ibra sees something in him, that’s obviously something we can’t see, just go with it. Often than not, it’s all about taking risk. And more importantly, taking a full responsibility of that risk.

  6. Suspending judgement until I see the new coach and the team playing next season. Then I’ll judge the management

    I doubt any of us has the full picture for any of the coaches contacted, and a lot of fans didn’t want even Pioli who overall I consider to have done a very good job for the past 4.5 years

  7. In life people need to be realistic, presently with the kind of management we have, Conte will not be our team, he is too loud for them, his salary is above us, his style of coaching in the long run will damage the players and destroy whatever peace we have in the team, his constant whining and crying will always be a problem, people even need to study the trends can’t you see that Conte and Mourinho have not been approached by the big teams in Europe…??
    Club management do not like negativity from coaches. And Conte and Mourinho have that alot…

    1. I fully agree with you that Conte is not the ideal manager for Milan. What I can’t agree, is that Van Bommel is. For me, he is the worst choice of ALL the names that have been floated. Or at least the second worst (Gallardo who never coached in Europe, gotta be a joke; even worse than Van Bommel, but I think his name being floated is just fake news).

      You mention that Van Bommel was coached by great coaches. Well, most top players who play for top teams, are coached by great coaches. But again, that doesn’t translate into their own ability to be great coaches. A player gets from a coach, specific instruction on the position they hold. It doesn’t necessarily include all the tactical awareness that a coach needs to have regarding ALL positions, regarding adapting to the opponents, reading the tactics and strategies used by the opponent’s coach, etc. This is not something that the manager teaches a specific player in a specific position. The manager will teach that player what to do, as in the small picture that applies to that player, not the big picture.

      We could list for you plenty of great players who were coached by great coaches, and then tried their own hand at coaching, just to fail miserably. The skills needed to be a great player and those needed to be a great coach are VERY different.

      If you don’t know that, one might need to question your familiarity with the sport.

      And why are you so admirative of Van Bommel? That is frankly a bit weird.

      We want a true winner, not some guy who coached some Belgian team and never had any other relevant experience (as a manager).

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