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Soccer: Milan fire Allegri after Sassuolo humiliation

Embarrassing 4-3 defeat spells end to coach's stint

13 January, 12:47
Soccer: Milan fire Allegri after Sassuolo humiliation

(ANSA) - Milan, January 13 - AC Milan have sacked coach Massimiliano Allegri following Sunday's embarrassing 4-3 defeat at promoted Sassuolo. The seven-time European champions, who are 30 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus in 11th place, have put assistant coach Mauro Tassotti in charge temporarily. "AC Milan wish to communicate that Massimiliano Allegri and his staff have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect," read a statement on the club's website.

"AC Milan would like to thank Mr. Allegri and his staff for their time with the club and wishes them the best for the future".

Allegri had already announced he would leave Milan at the end of this season.

But his departure was accelerated after Milan blew a two-goal advantage at Sassuolo, with 19-year-old forward Domenico Berardi becoming the first player to score four goals against them in a Serie A match.

After the game, Barbara Berlusconi, the daughter of owner Silvio Berlusconi and one of the club's two chief executives, suggested that Allegri's stint was drawing to a close.

"It was a disappointing evening, like others have been, and it confirms that it is necessary and urgent to change," Barbara Berlusconi told ANSA.

"It is no longer tolerable that our fans attend unacceptable performances like this".

Former Cagliari boss Allegri took charge of Milan in 2010 and led them to their first Serie A title in seven years in his first campaign.

They finished second in Serie A the following season.

The 46-year-old's job has regularly been on the line as he struggled to adapt after Milan sold their two best players, Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Brazil defender Thiago Silva, and offloaded several quality veterans in the 2012 close season.

Milan recovered from a poor start to finish third last time and qualify for the Champions League.

But they look unlikely to finish in the zone to qualify for Europe's premier club competition this season, as they trail third-placed Napoli by 20 points at the campaign's half-way mark.

The only positive note for Allegri this season came from Europe.

Milan are the only one of Serie A's three representatives to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League and face Spanish side Atletico Madrid in the last 16.