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Soccer: AC Milan-Allegri situation 'to be solved by Sunday'

Coach set to meet Berlusconi and CEO Galliani

Soccer: AC Milan-Allegri situation 'to be solved by Sunday'

Milan, May 31 - The drawn-out hullabaloo about whether Massimiliano Allegri will stay on as AC Milan coach should finish on Sunday, owner Silvio Berlusconi said Friday. Allegri has another year to run on his contract but his future at the club has been in doubt for months, amid speculation he does not enjoy the full confidence of Berlusconi. However, Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has reportedly been trying to persuade Berlusconi to keep the 45-year-old on the bench of the seven-time European champions. The situation is not just of interest to Milan, as AS Roma are reportedly set to hire Allegri if he leaves Milan. "It's a vexed question," former premier Berlusconi told one of his Mediaset TV channels on Friday. "I think we'll have a meeting by the end of this week, Sunday evening I think, and a solution will come from that. "A solution won't be difficult to find if everyone puts their hands on their consciences and chooses the best for our Milan". 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 the last day of the Serie A season this month to seal third place and qualification for next season's Champions League preliminaries. Last term, however, Allegri was working with a revolutionised squad following the departures in the close season of Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic Brazil defender Thiago Silva and several prized veterans, such as midfielders Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso. Seedorf, who is currently playing for Brazilian side Botafogo, is the man Berlusconi reportedly wants to take over Milan if Allegri leaves, even though the Dutchman does not yet have his coaching badge. However, many fans are unhappy at the prospect of the team being in the hands of a novice coach like Seedorf. Last 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". 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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