Brocchi set to replace Inzaghi

Filippo Inzaghi’s days as AC Milan coach are numbered, with Cristian Brocchi set to replace his former team-mate once Silvio Berlusconi has given the move his approval.

The Rossoneri’s disappointing 2-2 draw with Verona on Saturday has led to CEO Adriano Galliani putting plans in place for a new coaching set-up, but club president Berlusconi will be consulted before a firm decision is made.

Inzaghi has a two-year contract at San Siro running until the summer of 2016, but a string of poor results in his first season in senior coaching has seen Milan fall to 10th in Serie A, with just eight wins in 26 games.

While the club hierarchy have already decided that the 41-year-old will not remain as coach for next season, Galliani has been busy coming up with alternatives for the rest of the current campaign in light of the side’s recent run of two wins in 11 league fixtures.

After an initial plan to promote long-time assistant coach Mauro Tassotti to the hot seat, sources at Milan have confirmed that Berlusconi does not see the former right-back as a good communicator.

Instead, Galliani has proposed hiring current Primavera coach and former first-team midfielder Cristian Brocchi, who – like Inzaghi upon his appointment – has no previous senior experience.

All that is missing for Inzaghi to be sacked is Berlusconi’s approval of Brocchi, with the former Italian prime minister currently out of reach due to ongoing issues within his political party, Forza Italia.

While wheels are being put in motion behind the scenes, Inzaghi is expected to take charge of the team for next Monday’s trip to Fiorentina while the club awaits the controversial president’s decision on Brocchi’s suitability for the top job.