Silvio Berlusconi, the former AC Milan owner and president, has heavily criticised the club’s new management and coach Vincenzo Montella for the direction they have taken since he gave up the club in April.
Berlusconi was in charge of the club for more than 30 years before he sold to a group of Chinese investors.
The investors committed over €200 million to the purchase of eleven new players over the summer. However, the team has suffered back-to-back defeats and are struggling in seventh place, nine points short of the leaders Napoli.
Berlusconi feels that the new owners don’t have a cohesive plan and he thinks Montella is making the wrong decisions.
Speaking to Il Corriere della Sera this week he said, “Milan have a place in my heart for the rest of my life and all I want is to see the club at least do well, and this is my biggest regret. It’s disappointing. The team’s not working. I don’t understand their summer transfer activities. Never before have a club signed 11 new players. With all that money, couldn’t they have bought a top player?”
Montella is trying to shape a new team with the tools he was given over the summer but the club’s recent results show that it is proving to be more difficult than expected.
Berlusconi feels that Montella is the wrong man for the job and that he wanted Cristian Brocchi to continue. He said it makes no sense that players like Suso and Bonaventura keep ending up on the bench as “they are two of the most technically gifted players”.
The team face their rivals Inter Milan this weekend and while the new owners are thought to be happy with Montella, his future could be impacted by how his team perform in the upcoming derby.