AC Milan advisory board member Barbara Berlusconi has called for changes at the club, although coach Massimiliano Allegri’s job appears safe for the time being.
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In response to Milan’s worst start to a season since 1981, Berlusconi has asked her father, club president Silvio Berlusconi, to make changes to the way the club is run in future after a series of disappointing results left the Rossoneri languishing 16 points behind the top three after only 11 games.
Allegri’s job is hanging in the balance, while the club’s fans also called for general manager Adriano Galliani to go during a 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina at the weekend, but neither man’s future was directly on the agenda when Barbara spoke to Silvio on Sunday.
“In the numerous telephone conversations I’ve had with my father after the Fiorentina defeat, all I asked for was for a change in the business philosophy of AC Milan,” she said in La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’ve not asked for the general manager Adriano Galliani to be changed.”
According to Italy’s ANSA news agency, Barbara was not critical of the lack of investment in new players but rather concerned that the money has not been well spent, indirectly blaming Galliani, whose role it is to identify and sign new players.
However, former Milan captain Gennaro Gattuso believes greater investment is required if they are to reclaim former glories.
“If you want to build a strong team then you need to spend money,” he told Rai 3 television. “Milan are not going through a good time and they’re not spending much.
“Berlusconi has spent lots over the years and he’s made this club win many trophies. There always comes a time when the team is not as competitive and you need strong players, which this club has, but there are even stronger sides out there.”