AC Milan on Tuesday appointed former midfielder Clarence Seedorf as its new head coach. Seedorf, who won two UEFA Champions League titles with Milan and had been playing in the Brazilian league with Botafogo, announced his retirement as a player at the same time as being appointed Massimiliano Allegri’s replacement. “I am here to announce that I will retire from playing after 22 years,” the former Dutch international told the Brazilian media Tuesday, adding that Milan had hired him “in a manner both elegant and correct.”
At the Ballon d’Or event on Monday, news of Seedorf’s possible appointment was met with high praise from former teammate Thiago Silva as well as former Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti. "If Seedorf arrives, he will do a great job because he's a great person and very serious - he will change the mentality of the players," Paris Saint-Germain defender Silva said. "I'm sorry for the situation Milan are in, but if Seedorf arrives, something will certainly change. I'm sure big names will arrive."
Ancelotti claimed that Seedorf’s lack of coaching experience would not be a problem. "Seedorf was my player, he has a very big personality," the Real Madrid coach said. "He has the capacity and knowledge to do everything in the world of football. He is going to get experience in an atmosphere he knows very well.” The Italian added: “Milan has often made this type of decision, first Arrigo Sacchi who had no experience, then Fabio Capello... now Seedorf. Every time that decision has gone well for him. I wish him a lot of luck."