Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed he will be leaving AC Milan in the summer and believes his side are in a relegation battle.
Allegri will not be offered a new contract by the Rossoneri, who are languishing in 13th place in Serie A going in to Monday's fixture with Atalanta, and recently told Gazzetta dello Sport he had spent his “last Christmas as a Milanista.”
The Milan coach feels his side are now battling for Serie A survival as he prepares for his final months in charge.
“We've not done anything yet and the league table is very sad reading,” Allegri said at a news conference ahead of the Atalanta game. “We need to learn from the mistakes we've made and try to start the year in the best way possible.
“Let's not forget we only have 19 points and we need to look over our shoulders. Yes, this is a relegation battle. We know how hard it will be and how important the three points are.”
Allegri lifted Milan from a less precarious predicament a year ago to a berth in the Champions League. The Rossoneri posted the best record of all sides -- including eventual champions Juventus -- in the second half of the campaign to rise into Europe in dramatic circumstances on the final day of the season.
A similar run of form would not be enough to keep him in the Milan hotseat for another year, however, and a man he ejected from the club, Clarence Seedorf, is widely tipped to take over next season.
“It's up to the club to decide who they want as coach,” Allegri said. “They will choose a worthy replacement for myself, somebody capable of coaching Milan. Seedorf is a very intelligent player and he could have what it takes to be a coach, but they are two completely different jobs.
“Nevertheless, I'm convinced this club will pick the right coach, like they have done for the past 28 years.”