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Massimiliano Allegri to step down as AC Milan in the summer

Updated: Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 12:39 | Comments

Massimiliano Allegri targets the Coppa Italia as a means of salvaging something from his final season at Milan
Massimiliano Allegri targets the Coppa Italia as a means of salvaging something from his final season at Milan

Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed he will leave his post as AC Milan manager next summer after a troubled season at the San Siro.

The Rossoneri currently sit 13th in the Serie A table, 17 points outside the Champions League places and 27 behind league leaders Juventus.

The pressure has been building on the former Cagliari boss, who guided Milan to the Serie A title in 2011, and he now admits his time at the helm is coming to an end.

"Of course this is my last Christmas at AC Milan," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I do not know who will be the new coach, that is a problem that does not concern me."

Dutchman Clarence Seedorf, a former Milan midfielder, has been heavily tipped to take the reins in the Italian media but Allegri is not looking that far ahead and is hoping to win the Coppa Italia to secure European football in his final season at the San Siro. 

"I do not know who will be the new coach, that is a problem that does not concern me" - Massimiliano Allegri

Allegri's men face Spezia in the last 16 on 15 January and that looks to be their best chance to make the Europa League as they currently sit 12 points behind fifth-placed Inter Milan.

"We did what we needed, in three seasons, the team and I, we got the results we were asked to," he added.

"Unfortunately now the third place is far away, but there is the Coppa Italia, which becomes a good option to leave AC Milan to remain in Europe."

Milan are still in this season's Champions League and will take on Atletico Madrid in the last 16.

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