Ancelotti is somewhat of an anomaly. Ever since the turn of the millennium, 2001 to be exact, he has been at Milan. It is now his 6th season at Milan. Not since Sacchi and Capello, has anyone had such a long stint at the club and this is in no short measure testament to his abilities as a manager. However, considering the circumstances now, could it be time for him to go?
Despite what Galliani and Maldini want you to think, Milan are in a crisis, if only somewhat. Losing 0-1 at home to Empoli is a disastrous result no matter how you look at it. The 5-1 and 4-1 wins over Lazio and Shaktar Donetsk respectively might have lighten things a bit, but these are still dark times for the Serie A giants.
Most of the fingers are now pointing towards the players. Dida especially, has borne the brunt of the fans’ anger and disappointment. However, surely it won’t be long until fans start pointing and directing their discontent towards Ancelotti.
Let’s be honest, Milan, from a tactical perspective have been relatively stagnant. This is in large part due to Ancelotti, who has practically used the same system throughout his 6 years. Granted, he might be one the who invented the deep playmaker role, but by sticking to the same tactics over and over again, opponents are better able to figure out its weaknesses and hence come up with counter-measures. This makes Milan very predictable and that can be a serious problem, especially in Serie A, where there is more emphasis on tactics and movement.
Maybe it is this issue of predictability that prevents managers from having extended tenures at clubs. In fact, the only two managers that I can name whom have been at heading their clubs for more than 10 years are Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.
Apart from Milan’s poor run of performances there are another two reasons as to why Berlusconi might decide to do away with Ancelotti. These two reasons are Marcello Lippi and Jose Mourinho. These two are absolute world-class managers with proven track record and their availability is without doubt a tempting prospect.
Perhaps this is what Milan really need – a new man at the helm.