Zvonimir Boban has officially left Milan after falling out with CEO Ivan Gazidis; he is expected to go back to FIFA.
The farewell was obvious and only the official announcement was missing: Boban-Milan – the end credits arrived after less than a year; the Croatian fell out with CEO Ivan Gazidis, who has the full support of owners Elliott, and is now a former Milan director.
The statement on the Diavolo website on Saturday evening reads:
“Milan confirms that it has informed Zvonimir Boban of the termination of his contract as Chief Football Officer of the Club with immediate effect. The Club thanks Zvonimir for his service to the Club over the past nine months, and wishes him all the best for his future professional career.
“The Club will keep supporting Stefano Pioli and his first team in all areas and is optimistic looking ahead to the remaining games of the 2020 season. The Club’s ambition remains to return to the top tier of European Football, while investing responsibly in the team in compliance with UEFA Financial Fair Play.
“Ivan Gazidis, CEO of Milan, said: ‘We thank Zvone for his efforts over the past nine months and wish him well in his future endeavors. We must now turn our attention to football and the important games to come. Stefano Pioli and his staff are doing an exceptional job growing the performances of the team every week and will have our full support as they continue this work, in what is a difficult time for the country’.”
Boban gave an interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport last week, suggesting that there are ‘two souls’ at Milan and that Gazidis went behind the backs of Zvone and Paolo Maldini, and contacted Ralf Rangnick for the dual role of a coach-director. Boban is expected to return to working at FIFA.
It remains to be seen what will happen with Maldini and Frederic Massara. They are likely to leave in the summer. Over the past two days, only Gazidis came to watch the team in training.