AC Milan FC of Italy have dismissed their first team coach, Sinisa Mihajlovic, while replacing him with youth-team coach, Cristian Brocchi til the end of the 2015/2016 football season.
Mihajlovic, 47, left his role as Sampdoria coach in June last year to replace Filippo Inzaghi at San Siro. But unfortunately, he has left the club barely 11 months into his tenure, despite sitting sixth in Serie A and having navigated the team to the Coppa Italia final. Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to league leaders Juventus proved the final straw, extending Milan’s winless run to five matches and leaving them 15 points adrift of third-placed Roma in the final Champions League qualifying berth.
A statement released from the struggling Serie A giants on Tuesday read:
“Sinisa Mihajlovic has been relieved of his role as AC Milan coach. The club would like to thank Mihajlovic for the dedication and hard work carried out this season. Cristian Brocchi will now be in charge of the first team until the end of the season. AC Milan would like to welcome Mr. Brocchi and wish him all the best.”
40-year old Brocchi, has successfully guided Milan’s youth team to 28 points out of a possible 30 in the second half of the season, taking them ahead of city rivals Inter Milan at the top of the standings and was close to taking charge last season, when Berlusconi started to run out of patience with Filippo Inzaghi. Brocchi made 161 appearances for Milan between 2001 and 2008 before retiring in 2013
He will be leading his first training session on Tuesday afternoon, in preparation for the trip to Mihajlovic’s former club Sampdoria.
Meanwhile, Manuel Locatelli, had been expected to start against Juventus at the weekend, but Riccardo Montolivo, who had been carrying a knock, was preferred by Mihajlovic. Luca Vido, last week signed a new contract with the club and many are expecting his first-team debut to come this season, and that could be more likely with Brocchi in charge.