Well, it appears that the search for a new AC Milan Sporting Director has a new “finalist” as reports from Italy indicate that Frederic “Ricky” Massara has been selected to take over the role. Milan have been without a Sporting Director since Leonardo left at the end of the season along with manager Gennaro Gattuso.
Paolo Maldini, who has yet to be officially confirmed as a technical director by the club, reportedly chose Massara after the club’s first choice, Igli Tare, chose to stay at Lazio. The search for another candidate didn’t take Maldini very far, as Massara left Roma last week after AS Roma hired former Torino director Gianluca Petrachi to take over as Sporting Director.
Massara took over at Roma after Monchi left earlier in the season, although he had been at the club since May of 2018. With changes afoot at Roma, it wasn’t surprising to see Massara leave, although him getting a new start at Milan might be a little surprising.
This wasn’t Massara’s first time at Roma, however. He had already spent time at Roma under Walter Sabitini after Sabtini’s move from Palermo and followed Sabitini to Inter Milan, something that will no doubt be looked at poorly by some of the Milan faithful. Massara hasn’t ever had complete control to shape a squad before, so this would be a surprising appointment.
Have Milan finally found their man? Between the manager search and the search for a new Sporting Director, it seems Milan didn’t exactly have all of their ducks in a row before the end of the season. Maldini seems to still be at the club and Ivan Gazidis seems to be in charge, although there have been tons of rumors flying around with sales reportedly needing to be made for Milan to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. Here’s hoping that Milan have made the right decision.