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Milan slump again, but Galliani continues to insist coach Allegri is safe


Massimiliano Allegri is not under pressure at Milan, claims Adriano Galliani.

The Rossoneri offloaded a number of their established first team players during the summer, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Antonio Cassano. And although the likes of Bojan Krkic, Nigel de Jong, Giampaolo Pazzini and Riccardo Montolivo were added to help redress the quality, results have been poor.

Whilst FIVE defeats in their opening eight games leaves Milan in 15th place in the Serie A table, already 15 points off leaders and champions Juventus, their form in the UEFA Champions League has also been sketchy with four points collected in their opening three games, leaving them facing a likely battle with Zenit St Petersburg to qualify.

Their latest outing, a 1-0 defeat at group leaders Malaga, has increased the pressure on coach Allegri. However, vice-chairman Galliani insists the 45-year-old, who led the club to the Scudetto in 2011, will be given time to turn things around.    

“We will continue with Allegri,” he told Milan Channel. “We will go forward with him. The President and I are convinced we should go forward with Allegri. The fans must have patience and understand this is Year Zero for Milan. We must push on and we will emerge from this moment, with this Coach. I try not to speak too much, because I am constantly asked about the Coach, but this is not our problem.”

Should patience finally run out with Allegri, reports in Italy suggest his assistant Mauro Tassotti is in line to replace him. Other candidates, according to football-italia.net, include another couple of their former players in Frank Rijkaard, the current coach of the Saudi Arabia national side, and Alessandro Costacurta, who has confessed that he would be only too happy to return to a club he served for a staggering 21 years.

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