Inzaghi pleads for more time at Milan

The coach is expected to be sacked at the end of the season but remains convinced he can prove a success at San Siro.

AC Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi has pleaded with the club’s hierarchy to give him another season to turn the club’s fortunes around.

The Rossoneri beat Torino 3-0 at San Siro thanks to a Stephan El Shaarawy double and Giampaolo Pazzini penalty, despite Cristian Zaccardo being sent off in the first half.

However, Inzaghi is still expected to be dismissed this summer after failing to qualify for Europe and his side sat 10th with one league game of the Serie A campaign remaining.

He told reporters: “I have to say that the team was always right behind me and for a coach making his Serie A debut like me that is something special.

“I have a contract. Until I am told otherwise, I will continue. If I am given time, I am convinced that I can take Milan back to where it was.

“It’s not easy to transform everything, but the squad has solid foundations to build on for next season. I just hope that I can stay on because I have a lot more to give and these club colours are inside my heart.”

Inzaghi also commented on Silvio Berlusconi’s remarks on Saturday after the Milan CEO claimed he would offer former Rossoneri boss Carlo Ancelotti a deal once he departs Real Madrid.

“I did hear that, but nothing has been told to me other than to continue my work,” he added. “I want to give a sense of consistency to the latest performances.

“What can you say about Carlo Ancelotti? I talk to him regularly and he made history for Milan. If there is talk of replacing Ancelotti at Real Madrid after he won the Champions League, then obviously there will be talk of me getting replaced!

“If I’m given the chance to continue at Milan, then great, otherwise I will continue this profession elsewhere.

“I think for a coach the most important thing is to have the players on your side. There have been more important and prestigious coaches than me who struggled here. I can only hope and say that this is a fantastic profession.”

A summer of upheaval is expected at San Siro, with the playing squad in need of major surgery, but Inzaghi warned money won’t solve all of the club’s problems.

“We cannot think that one or two star names can change everything. We have to work as a team. It’s a shame the season is ending now, just as we were finding that unity.”