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Clarence Seedorf is reportedly on the verge of taking AC Milan to the court after feeling injustice in the way he was sacked from the managerial role just before the start of the season. Seedorf was appointed as a replacement for Massimiliano Allegri midway through last season. The Dutchman came to the club with great knowledge of Milan as a whole after having been out of the team for several successful years. This was his first managerial job after having ended his playing career only a few weeks before becoming the Milan manager.
Initial results were extremely good, but they faded away very quickly. Milan ended up without any form of European football for the season after finishing in a disappointing eighth place. The team were on a string of poor results that forced the club to bring in their former striker Filippo Inzaghi as the replacement. Seedorf was out of the job after just a few months. The way in which he was forced out of the club has infuriated the Dutchman, as he claims that he is still in contract with Milan until 2016. He says that he is for around € 2.5 million in defaulted payments.
Reports are that Seedorf could be launching a lawsuit against his former employers in the next few weeks. It remains to be seen if Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi will be prepared to accept an out-of-court settlement. “We hope for a amicable solution and one that satisfies all the parties involved, but the last meeting didn’t go very well. As things currently stand, there is a strong risk that this will end up at a tribunal,” said Treu to an Italian national newspaper. Treu is one of the lawyers representing Seedorf in the upcoming lawsuit. Milan are doing extremely well under the stewardship of Inzaghi.
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AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has spoken about the ill-fated regime of Clarence Seedorf for the first time. The Dutchman was sacked from his role as the manager of Milan only a few months ago. He has replaced by Filippo Inzaghi, who has been promoted from the youth team. The decision from Milan to sack Seedorf, who is one of the celebrated players, after just six months in charge of the team has been met with a lot of surprise. Seedorf came in as the replacement for Massimiliano Allegri only during the January transfer window.
Abbiati says that even though performances are extremely good, Seedorf has left the club because it is understood that he had off the field issues with the management. Abbiati reckons that the failure to secure a top three finish last season was primarily known to the poor form that the club experienced in the early part of the season. Even though Allegri led the club too early to tell a few years ago, he was unable to prevent the rapid decline in form after the sale of crucial players. A number of top names have departed Milan in the last few years.
The exodus is expected to continue with Mario Balotelli joining Kaka and Robinho this summer.
“In the past season, we performed poorly in the first half. Twenty-two points [between August and December] was terrible. With Seedorf in the second half [of the season] we played at a high level, but I think there were other issues that do not relate to the locker room affecting us. Inzaghi has a crazy enthusiasm. It’s infectious. The team follows him and pays attention to what he has to share. El Shaarawy? I hope he starts showing the quality he has already demonstrated in the past,” said Abbiati.