We had recently reported that Milan seem to be very close to convincing Carlo Ancelotti to return to the club he once took to incredible heights. Unfortunately for the Rossoneri, Ancelotti has just confirmed, via his Twitter account, that he will be taking some time out, as he is primarily concerned about his health at this stage in his life. As such, Milan owner Berlusconi’s wish to bring back a legend will not come true and the club will have to look elsewhere.
Consequently, Ancelotti’s refusal to take over the reigns from current manager Filippo Inzaghi, puts another intriguing manager prospect in the limelight, namely Unai Emery. Sevilla’s manager has just taken the club to back-to-back triumphs in the Europa League and will be a sought after man. Not too successful as a professional player, Emery’s managing career has been nothing short of sensational, especially after taking over at Sevilla. Prior to his time at Los Rojiblancos, Emery made a name for himself when he managed Valencia to three La Liga third-place finishes in a row. Following this, the Spaniard looked for a new challenge and was appointed manager of Spartak Moscow in May 2012, but only lasted six months before being sacked.
Since then, Emery’s career has been revived at Sevilla, where he was put in charge in January 2013. Two Europa League titles and an impressive win ratio of over 53% later, the Spaniard’s popularity is on the rise. Not just the results are impressive, but also Emery’s desire for long term engagements. With the exception of his time in Moscow, the young manager seems like someone who craves a longer stay at the clubs he works for. Furthermore, Milan would offer him a genuine opportunity to finally land a domestic league title.
For AC Milan, this seems to be a great opportunity to appoint someone with a long term vision; someone who can gradually take the club back to the top. Although Ancelotti might have been the blockbuster signing Milan would have wished for, Unai Emery is a solid bet at the very least. At 43 years of age, the Spaniard would have a lot to give to any club and Milan are at the forefront of those who need a change. Unfortunately for the Italians, Emery’s recent success has equally prompted other clubs to make a move and should the Spaniard prefer England as a destination for example, the likes of West Ham have already started to line up. On the other hand, Emery himself might feel as though, he has more to give to Sevilla and decide to stay, in order to take the club into La Liga’s top four on a more regular basis. Whatever the case might be, Unai Emery is a manager to be reckoned with in the coming years.