New AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella unhappy at club's Europe absence

Vincenzo Montella Vincenzo Montella has signed a two-year contract at AC Milan.

Vincenzo Montella has said it is “unacceptable” that AC Milan are not playing in Europe, as he sets his sights on delivering European football back to the club next season.

The former Catania, Roma, Fiorentina and Sampdoria coach was on Thursday officially unveiled as the new coach of the Rossoneri and he laid out his ambitions for a club who have won 28 trophies in the past three decades, but are currently preparing for a third straight season without European football.

Never before in the Silvio Berlusconi era, which encapsulates those three decades, have Milan not been present in at least one of European football’s club competitions for three straight years.

“It’s unacceptable that Milan are not in Europe,” Montella said at a news conference. “We will work to ensure that Milan soon return to where they belong.

“If we’re not in Europe now then it means that everything wasn’t working perfectly and these are things that I am going to have to work on. Right from when I started to coach, I have always tried to improve — it’s all fed by passion.

“I’m delighted to be here and I feel a lot of energy which I hope to be able to transmit to the squad. I’m very focused on my work. We are ready to get started.”

That work involves building a squad for the coming season and Montella has already given a list of preferred targets to the club’s general manager Adriano Galliani.

“We’re looking for players who work well with my style of play,” Montella said. “I’ve given my indications and now it’s up to the club to pick the players they feel are suitable, both from a technical and financial point of view.

“There’s no rush. First of all I need to evaluate the current squad without any prejudgements and once this is done, we will know where we stand for the coming season.”

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

The original version of this story which was published by ESPN can be viewed here.

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