After days of being Milan coach unofficially Sinisa Mihajlovic has signed a two year contract until June 30 2017. The stumbling block to make it official had been because Pippo Inzaghi remained under contract and team management wanted to make him resign without paying him. Now an agreement has been found that almost certainly cuts off another former legend from the team for good.
But something had to be done. Inzaghi didn’t show much adaptability in managing a poor team and struggled to lift the players he had.
While his coaching experience may be mixed Sinisa Mihajlovic hasn’t had the greatest history on a personal level. As a player he was involved in incidents like one where Patrick Vieira accused him of racism back in his playing days. There was also a spitting incident involving Chelsea’s Adrian Mutu in 2003 and allegedly another involving Jens Jeremies. Claims that he counted fellow Serbian and indicted war criminal Zeljko Raznatovic as a friend have only served to make his reputation poorer. Having played for Inter for one season he is also famously quoted as saying he would never coach Milan.
He is at Milan now, however. As befitting his persona he comes with a reputation of being a no nonsense coach that has even publicly confronted his own players. He has accumulated seven years of head coaching experience, one at the helm of his national team and none more than two years at any of Bologna, Catania, Sampdoria or Fiorentina.