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AC Milan cut losses, fire coach Massimiliano Allegri | The Indian Express

Summary. Related. AC Milan fired Massimiliano Allegri and put former assistant coach Mauro Tassotti temporarily in charge on Monday, a day after an embarrassing 4-3 loss at promoted Sassuolo. Languishing in 11th place — six points above the relegation zone — Milan announced the move on its website. Milan has won only five of 19 matches this season and Allegri had already announced over the winter break that he would leave at the end of the season. But the loss to Sassuolo, which got four goals from teenage forward Domenico Berardi, hastened his departure. The Sassuolo game marked the debut of recently signed forward Keisuke Honda, and Milan was hoping that the Japan international would lead the squad to a second-half surge the way Mario Balotelli did last season. But as soon as the match ended, Milan general manager Barbara Berlusconi said the loss highlighted the need for urgent change. Allegri took over Milan in 2010 and won Serie A in his first season then finished second and third the past two years. Still, he never became a favourite of club owner Silvio Berlusconi. The only other trophy Allegri won with Milan was the 2011 Italian Super Cup. However, Milan was the only Italian club to reach the knockout stage of this season’s Champions League, and will face Atletico Madrid next month. The 53-year-old Tassotti is a long-time Milan assistant who had a 17-year playing career with the club. Milan’s next match is against Serie B side Spezia on Wednesday in the Italian Cup. Then on Sunday, the Rossoneri face fifth-place Hellas Verona. Both matches are at the San Siro. There has also been speculation that Milan would like to sign Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, whose contract with the national team expires after this year’s World Cup. Allegri’s contract was due to expire at the end of this season. Livorno follow suit. Livorno, who have slumped to second from bottom after losing their last four Serie A matches, sacked coach Davide Nicola on Monday. “Livorno wishes to communicate that Davide Nicola has been relieved of his duties as coach,” the club said in a statement. “The club offers its most sincere thanks for the commitment, professionalism and dedication he has always shown.” Livorno president Aldo Spinelli was quoted by Gazzetta dello Sport as saying that Attilio Perotti, 67 would take over from Nicola.
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