Former Netherlands international, Clarence Seedorf, has announced his retirement from playing football and that he will become the new Milan coach. The Italian club, meanwhile, still have to officially announce Seedorf as their new coach.
The Rossoneri sacked Massimiliano Allegri on Monday after a dreadful 3-4 loss to Sassuolo, which saw the Italian giants slipping to 11th position and further away from the Champions League spots.
Initially, Allegri was due to leave San Siro at the end of the season, after Seedorf would have had finished his playing career at Botafogo in Brazil, but due to Milan’s critical situation it seems as if Milan president, Silvio Berlusconi, will bring in Seedorf this week already.
The 37-year-old Seedorf, who won two Seria A titles and two Champions League’s as a player at Milan, confirmed he is to leave Botafogo and to take over at San Siro.
"I am here to announce that I will retire from playing after 22 years,” Seedorf said in a press conference on Tuesday.
"It has been a difficult decision, but I am satisfied with what I have achieved in my career. Here at Botafogo I am happy because I leave the team with qualification to the Copa Libertadores.
"I leave an improved club, especially for their mentality and team spirit.
"I will be the coach at Milan.
"This experience of the last year-and-a-half has made me grow up a lot and will help me in my next step, as coach of Milan, who have hired me in a manner both elegant and correct."
Seedorf, the only player to lift the Champions League with three different clubs (Ajax, Real and Milan), is set to arrive in Italy later today, but it is most likely that caretaker coach, Mauro Tassotti, will lead the side in their Coppa Italia clash against Spezia tonight.
"I will soon be able to answer all questions about the future. I feel honoured and motivated. To be in a great club like AC Milan is a dream for everyone who wants to become a coach," Seedorf added.
It is also rumoured that Milan ledgends, Filippo Inzaghi and Hernan Crespo, will be part of Seedorf’s coaching staff, but an official club statement is yet to be published.
It will be Seedorf’s first job as a coach. Can he lead his former club back to new highs? Have your say in the comment section below.