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Seedorf sacked as Pippo Inzaghi era begins

After weeks of speculation over when Filippo 'Pippo' Inzaghi would be appointed as the new coach of Milan, the official announcement finally arrived on Monday as the former Rossoneri striker was confirmed as Clarence Seedorf's replacement. The Dutchman leaves after just five months in charge, and now his former teammate must avoid allowing history to repeat itself.

While reports in the Italian media suggested that Seedorf's severance package was behind the delay in making the change, Inzaghi was seen in Ibiza with Adriano Galliani and prospective signings as the writing appeared to be on the wall for the Dutchman.

Seedorf's tenure will ultimately read as nine losses in 21 matches on paper, while he also broke club regulations by giving an unauthorised television interview and there are the latest revelations from certain players that he wasn't particularly receptive to the ideas put forth by them.

Speculation of unrest with regards to his relationship with Adriano Galliani continued throughout, and while it is important not to forget that he had a squad lacking in genuine quality and confidence at his disposal, it was perhaps a recipe for disaster from the start.

However, rather than that acting as a warning to the Milan hierarchy, they have stayed true to their convictions in appointing another former player, and although Inzaghi does have coaching experience, albeit only with the Primavera team, it is still somewhat of a risky appointment.

"I'm very happy, today for me is an unforgettable day," Inzaghi wrote on his official website."I thank the President Berlusconi and the whole club for their confidence and the prestigious professional opportunity they have granted to me.

"I'm honoured and proud to be the coach of a team that has been my life for so many years. It is a team and a club with which I have shared joy and unforgettable moments.

"I will give everything of myself for these colours, passion and determination, as I have always done both as a player and as Coach of the youth teams.

"A hug to all Rossoneri fans. Forza Milan!"

Filippo Inzaghi takes over at AC Milan after the club decided to controversially sack Clarence Seedorf.

There is no fear in the sense that Inzaghi will bring passion and determination to the job, but those characteristics alone will not necessarily ensure that he is successful in his new role.

His relationship with the management and players respectively will need to be strong in order to rebuild and begin a new cycle of success, and having not yet been tested at the highest level it is unclear as to how he will deal with certain situations as they arise.

While Pippo undoubtedly has the respect of the players, many of whom have played alongside him during his final years in the squad, the transition will be difficult due to the timing of the appointment and the situation the club is currently in.

Nevertheless, there is also an element of excitement over what he is capable of achieving and whether or not he can evolve the playing style, as his close relationship with owner Silvio Berlusconi will ultimately dictate that Milan must play attractive football.

However, two years on from that tearful afternoon at San Siro on which Inzaghi bid farewell to Milan as a player, the 40-year-old now heads to the manager's seat hoping to inspire and influence the next generation in order to bring success back to Milan.

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