Milan: What Coach Allegri's Appointment Means to the Serie A Club

Matteo BonettiContributor IJune 5, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 11:  Head coach Allegri Massimiliano of AC Milan faces the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou Stadium on March 11, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.Ê  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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After a dramatic series of dinners throughout posh restaurants in the Lombardy area, Silvio Berlusconi told Massimiliano Allegri that he'd be staying as the coach of Milan next season.

The soap opera unfolded exactly the way Milan fans would expect, being led by the extravagant President Berlusconi.

Here comes the interesting part: what does Allegri's appointment mean for the club?

One thing is for sure, Silvio Berlusconi likes to splurge during the summer transfer window anytime a new coach is hired. With the much-maligned Allegri remaining at the helm, how much change can Rossoneri fans really expect?

An article on Corriere Dello Sport revealed that the President told Allegri to not only switch the formation from a 4-3-3 to a 4-3-1-2, and even more interestingly, to bring back Kaka to fill that trequartista role behind the two strikers.

Such a formation would give Milan a Hollywood-esque feel up front, with a star-studded trident of Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy and Ricardo Kaka.

However, such a move for the Brazilian No. 10 would be a backwards solution for Milan, who have sworn to follow a strict youth movement.

So far, the Milan management have stayed true to their word about growing through the youngsters, as they've plucked out a few players from the Serie B and South America who have barely finished puberty.

Moreover, Allegri has worked with the 4-3-1-2 at Milan and also at his old job with Sardinian side Cagliari. It's a formation which means the fullbacks have the unenviable task of providing a bulk of the width.

Luckily, the Rossoneri have two offensive fullbacks in the speedy Ignazio Abate and young sensation Mattia De Sciglio. Both like to get forward and would be ideal in this tactical setup.

This formation would also ensure Stephan El Shaarawy a greater chance to be dangerous in front of goal. This calendar year, he often drifted near the fullback to help cover, using up precious energy which was needed for offensive clarity.

Overall, the Allegri appointment was an interesting decision, as the coach has been publicly undermined by his President on numerous occasions. 

It seems that the two have settled their differences and have come up with some sort of plan moving forward.