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Allegri, Inzaghi in training bust-up

21 September 2012 00:38

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri and former player Filippo Inzaghi have reportedly clashed in a heated exchange.

Allegri has been under pressure following his side's dismal start to the season and reports have suggested that he could be on his way out of the club shortly.

One man whose name has been linked to his job is former Milan striker, Inzaghi, now currently in charge of the youth team.

According to reports from La Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport, the dispute was triggered after Inzaghi ignored the head coach during his visit to the training ground on Thursday.

Some strong words were exchanged with the former player allegedly telling Allegri that he is "not taking his job seriously enough".

The altercation turned vulgar according to some witnesses as the Milan boss accused Inzaghi of wanting to take his position.

Talking of the incident, Milan sporting director Adriano Galliani was keen to brush the event aside.

"I spoke with both Allegri and Inzaghi and both have downplayed the incident. For me, the episode is as if it never happened," he was quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The squabble comes during a difficult period for the Italian giants who, after selling a number of high-profile players over the summer, have been struggling on all fronts so far this season.

After only managing a draw in their opening match in the Champions League on Tuesday against Anderlecht, Allegri will be hoping to guide his team to a win over Udinese on Sunday to ease the pressure on him and his embattled side.

Meanwhile, AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo has thrown his support behind Allegri.

However, the former Fiorentina midfielder is standing behind his new boss, insisting that he is still the right man for job.

"We're with Allegri and he is the one to lead us out of this crisis," the Italian international told Sky Sport Italia.

"We've certainly changed a lot, many players have left, and this is a difficult moment for us, but it can pass in an instant."

Montolivo only joined the Serie A runners-up during the summer and despite a tough start to life in Milan, he is not regretting the move.

"I've had no second thoughts," he said.

"I'm happy to be here. We now have to find some balance and I’m certain that will happen."

Montolivo is set to return to action after recovering from an injury that has seen him miss two matches but he downplayed his potential effect on a Milan side struggling to perform.

"I certainly don't have a magic wand," he said.

"I'll just give my contribution, but all of the squad have to improve.

"I'm at the coach’s disposal and am willing to play anywhere, although I think I'm best suited to an outside central midfield role thanks to my characteristics."

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