Cristian Brocchi was chosen as the replacement for Sinisa Mihajlovic after AC Milan decided to sack the manager.
Brocchi was only in charge of the youth team when he heard about the interest directly from president Silvio Berlusconi. Milan have been through a number of managers in recent years. It was surprising that Milan decided to part company with Mihajlovic especially given that the club was making improvements in the league table. After finishing near the top 10 of the table in the last few years, Milan are on course to even qualify for the Europa League.
Berlusconi decided to act after seeing the club suffer a 2-1 loss against table leaders Juventus. It was a good performance from Milan, but Mihajlovic was always going to go out. Brocchi has made an instant impact by getting a 1-0 win over Sampdoria. Brocchi says that he thought Berlusconi only wanted to talk about the youth team when he was summoned to a meeting with the president. Brocchi will be in charge of the club until the end of the campaign. He has been given the objective of qualifying for Europe. If he meets the target, there is a possibility of Brocchi being awarded the permanent role.
“I didn’t expect it. They told me they wanted to talk to me, but I wasn’t sure what it was about — they could have wanted to talk to me about the youth team. I can’t think of the future as any form of pressure. I’ve been given an opportunity to coach a top club like Milan and it’s the best thing that could have happened to me. I’m doing the best I can and I will do this right up to the last day, whether that is May 21 [date of the Coppa Italia final] or who knows when,” saidBrocchi.