Galliani to share Milan role with Barbara Berlusconi

Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:28pm EST
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By Terry Daley

ROME (Reuters) - Adriano Galliani has agreed to stay at AC Milan with his previous role of chief executive to be shared with club president Silvio Berlusconi's daughter Barbara.

Galliani had announced angrily on Friday that he was resigning after nearly 28 years in the job but, after meetings with the president, a solution was worked out and the departure averted.

"Today we reached a full agreement on how to organise the club, with two CEOs: one is Adriano Galliani, who will deal with the sporting area, while Barbara Berlusconi will manage the other areas of the club's activities," Berlusconi said in a statement to news agencies on Saturday.

"I also promise to be closer to the club and the team from now on," added the president.

Galliani had cited his treatment by Berlusconi's daughter, a club director who recently called for a new philosophy at the club, as a reason for his resignation.

Former champions Milan are 13th in Serie A after a poor start to the season and have taken only 14 points from 13 games.

The bad results have enraged fans, who have blamed directors rather than coach Massimiliano Allegri. Some 300 supporters blocked the players' exit from the San Siro stadium after a 1-1 draw with Genoa last weekend.

Galliani and Berlusconi met over dinner late on Friday at the former prime minister's villa in Arcore, the site of the alleged "bunga bunga" parties which have landed him in political hot water, Italian media said.   Continued...

AC Milan's vice president Adriano Galliani gestures as he arrives to watch their Italian Serie A soccer match against Chievo Verona at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona November 10, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo