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Soccer: Milan fans say 'no thanks to Seedorf'

Former player tipped to take over if coach Allegri leaves

Soccer: Milan fans say 'no thanks to Seedorf'

Rome, May 23 - A group of AC Milan fans were caught hanging up a banner outside the club's headquarters early on Friday to express their opposition to the prospect of former player Clarence Seedorf taking over the team. Milan and coach Massimiliano Allegri are reportedly close to parting company and Seedorf is favourite to be put in charge of the seven-time European champions if the boss departs. Allegri led Milan to the Serie A title in his first campaign at the club, the 2010-11 season, but the team ended the next two season's trophyless. Milan needed two late goals to beat already-relegated Siena 2-1 on Sunday and seal third place in Serie A and qualification for next season's Champions League preliminaries. Allegri has another year to run on his contract but there is speculation he does not enjoy the full confidence of club owner Silvio Berlusconi and could move on in the closed season. However, many fans are unhappy at the prospect of the team being in the hands of a novice coach like Seedorf, who is currently playing for Brazilian side Botafogo after leaving Milan last year and does yet have his coaching badge. About a dozen fans were caught by police after hanging up a banner reading "Seedorf no thanks" at around 1:30 local time Friday. Earlier this week the hardcore ultra Milan fans who stand in the Curva Sud (South End) of the San Siro Stadium said they wanted Allegri to remain in charge of the project of returning Milan to greatness with a squad of promising young players. "We understand that whoever invests in a club can decide to change the coach solely for personal reasons, while we don't agree with this" a Curva Sud statement said. "But if it's part of a plan, we must at least restart by putting the team in the hands of an experienced coach. "Definitely, not someone like Seedorf or others who have no experience in the dugout and will take over a squad of young players one month before the first official match and before the very difficult challenge in the Champions League preliminaries". If Allegri leaves Milan, he is being heavily tipped to take over at AS Roma, who endured another disappointing Serie A campaign with a talented young squad, finishing sixth. Former Netherlands midfielder Seedorf helped Milan win two Serie A titles, two Champions League crowns and a Club World Cup during his 10-year stint at the club.

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