Allegri vows to fight on at Milan
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has refused to walk away from the club despite overseeing an abysmal start to the season, stating that he does not want to abandon his team.
Milan currently sit 15th in Serie A and have won just two games this season amid rumors that former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is being lined up by the Italian club.
The speculation surrounding Allegri increases with every poor result but the former Cagliari boss says he is not the sort of person who simply gives up when things get difficult.
"I don't hope to be dismissed and I don't see dismissal as a sort of release," Allegri said. "We'll be released when the team manages to climb the table and qualify for the Champions League.
"I'm not used to leaving in the moments of difficulty; I have never done it, even when there have been worse moments. If I saw that the team doesn't follow me and doesn't do what I require according to the features of my players, then I would be the first to resign from the club."
Genoa visit the San Siro on Saturday and with Milan having lost their past three games, including a 1-0 defeat against Malaga in the Champions League on Wednesday, expectation is rising that chief executive Adriano Galliani will sack Allegri.
Allegri has always claimed he has a good relationship with Galliani, while he also believes Milan can beat Genoa.
"I talk to Galliani every day," Allegri said. "We're all sorry, both the guys and I, and we believe that tomorrow's match is important because we could be winning for the supporters, the club and for everyone working for AC Milan.
"These guys deserve to win because they're producing good performances on the pitch. "I believe this is the most important thing and I believe the team will produce a better performance compared to previous matches and I'm sure tomorrow we'll manage to win."