New AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf has praised the Italian club for their courage to appoint him as Massimiliano Allegri’s successor, despite having not coached a professional club before.
Allegri was shown the San Siro exit door after failing to inspire the club in the ongoing season, leaving them 30 points behind leaders Juventus.
The 37-year-old retired Dutch midfielder got off to a winning start in his managerial career with a 1-0 home win over Verona on Sunday.
“I felt ready for this position and I am learning fast,” said Seedorf.
“The club president [Silvio Berlusconi] and [vice-president] Adriano Galliani showed courage to make this decision [to appoint me].”
The win helped the the Rossoneri climb to fourth on the league standing, but remains 18 points adrift of third-placed Napoli, who occupies the final Champion League spot.
Seedorf continued: “This victory is certainly dedicated to all the Milan fans,” said Seedorf, who revealed he has been receiving managerial advice from his former Ajax and Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal.
“I am happy for the squad, as there is a lot of work to do and a win helps to make it all feel easier.
“Although we won thanks to a penalty, I still believe we deserved the win considering our overall performance.”
The Rossoneri travel to Sardinia to face Cagliari on Sunday.