Soccer: Barbara Berlusconi opens 'rift' at Milan
CEO Galliani under fire after owner's daughter calls for change04 November, 17:34
And while Massimiliano Allegri is under fire after Milan's dire start to the season - they trail leaders AS Roma by 19 points and stand just three above the relegation zone after Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina - this time the flak is also going higher.
After 27 years as owner Silvio Berlusconi's right-hand man in football, Milan CEO Adriano Galliani's role is being questioned after the ex-premier's daughter Barbara called for a revamp at the seven-time European champions.
The depth of division at the club was uncovered on Sunday when ANSA sources revealed Barbara Berlusconi, a member of Milan's board since 2011, had talked to her father about the need for the club to change direction.
The sources said Barbara Berlusconi commented that Milan had not invested small amounts on players in the last two transfer windows, but said the results has been disappointing because the money had been spent badly.
As chief executive, Galliani is responsible for Milan's transfer dealings.
The symbol of Milan's woes is Italy forward Mario Balotelli.
The temperamental, talented 23-year-old was instrumental to Milan's strong finish to last season, which enabled them to qualify for the Champions League, after moving from Manchester City in January.
But he has picked up more yellow cards (nine in all competitions) than goals (five) this season and is set for his second suspension of the season after being booked against Fiorentina following a three-match ban for abusing a referee.
Berlusconi initially ruled out signing Balotelli, describing his as a rotten apple, but Galliani eventually convinced him to take a risk on the maverick. That now reflects badly on Galliani, who was last week forced to deny speculation the club was considering offloading the striker. Milan's fans, who booed their team at the end of Saturday's loss and last week's 1-1 draw with Lazio, have also blasted the club's transfer dealings.
When Fiorentina scored their second goal at the San Siro Saturday, a banner was uncovered criticising the club for failing to bolster the defence and midfield in the close season.
The team's main coup of the summer campaign was bringing back Brazil playmaker Kakà, who has been in good form after recovering from injury.
ANSA's sources said Barbara Berlusconi has grumbled to her father about the lack of long-term planning at the club and the weakness of its network of international talent scouts.
She issued a statement later on Sunday stressing that she had not called for Galliani to be dismissed, but acknowledged she had demanded a "change of company philosophy for Milan". Galliani refused to comment directly on the issue on Monday.
But he stressed that Allegri was not in danger of being sacked in the immediate future, with Milan set to visit Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday, and he defended his record.
"I don't think you can measure a club on the basis of the results of the last two games," he said. "You should take a much longer period of time. "Milan are much better than their current form suggests and this is shown in the rankings.
"We've taken part in the Champions League 11 times in the last 12 years and we're the only (Italian) team to have played in all the last five".