Milan coach frustrated at sacking rumours

The coach has shown rare signs of frustration over speculation surrounding his future.

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri. Picture: AFP

REUTERS - AC Milan's usually unflappable coach Massimiliano Allegri has shown some rare signs of frustration over the constant speculation surrounding his future.

With Milan safely through to the Champions' League group stage after Wednesday's 3-0 win over PSV Eindhoven, Allegri, who has clung on to the job for three years, complained of "pontificating from the outside".

"For two years, there has been talk about the next coach of AC Milan. People have to be more objective," Allegri said.

"I'm happy about the way the lads played, but I'm also a little angry," added Allegri, referring to media speculation that he would be chopped if Milan failed to make the Champions' League group stage.

"People on the outside are trying to make me angry, but it doesn't work."

Allegri, initially a surprise appointment, won the Serie A championship in his first season at Milan followed by second place in 2011/12.

They made an awful start to their campaign, but recovered well in the second half, to finish third and clinch a place in the playoff.

Despite that, there was more talk of Allegri's departure during the summer, until he received the public backing of the Curva Sud ultras, Milan's influential group of hardcore supporters.

Allegri even gave Italian media a minor scare when he joked about quitting on Wednesday.

"I'll take the night to think about it," he told Mediaset Premium.

"Maybe, I will go to Livorno by the sea, go out in a boat and just watch the odd match at San Siro."

Despite the 4-1 aggregate win over the Dutch, Milan badly need three points on Sunday after beginning their campaign with a 2-1 defeat at promoted Hellas Verona, where the defence showed the same frailties as last season.

Having spent most of last season playing catch-up, Milan will not want a repeat this time, especially as they and Napoli are seen as the only teams capable of launching any sort of challenge to the dominant Juventus.