AC Milan fires Allegri; Tassotti promoted

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 13, 2014 at 7:09 am •  Published: January 13, 2014

MILAN (AP) — AC Milan fired Massimiliano Allegri and put former assistant coach Mauro Tassotti temporarily in charge on Monday, a day after an embarrassing 4-3 loss at promoted Sassuolo.

Langishing in 11th place — six points above the relegation zone — Milan announced the move on its website.

Former Milan players Clarence Seedorf and Filippo Inzaghi were reportedly the leading candidates to replace Allegri on a full-time basis.

The 37-year-old Seedorf is currently playing for Botafogo in Brazil while the 40-year-old Inzaghi is coaching Milan's youth squad.

Seedorf has an escape clause in his contract that would let him leave Botafogo without any penalty as long as he doesn't play for another club.

Milan has won only five of 19 matches this season and Allegri had already announced over the winter break that he would leave at the end of the season. But the loss to Sassuolo, which got four goals from teenage forward Domenico Berardi, hastened his departure.

The Sassuolo game marked the debut of recently signed forward Keisuke Honda, and Milan was hoping that the Japan international would lead the squad to a second-half surge the way Mario Balotelli did last season.

But as soon as the match ended, Milan general manager Barbara Berlusconi said the loss highlighted the need for urgent change.

Allegri took over Milan in 2010 and won Serie A in his first season then finished second and third the past two years. Still, he never became a favorite of club owner Silvio Berlusconi.