Coach Leonardo leaves AC Milan after one season

AC Milan coach Leonardo announced he was leaving as AC Milan coach on Friday after just a season in charge, confirming one of the worst kept secrets in Italian soccer.

Last Updated: May 14, 2010, 21:04 PM IST

Milan: AC Milan coach Leonardo announced he was leaving as AC Milan coach on Friday after just a season in charge, confirming one of the worst kept secrets in Italian soccer.

“We mutually announce that we are parting,” the Brazilian told a news conference.

His last game as coach will be Saturday’s final Serie A game of the season at home to Juventus.

Leonardo, Milan’s former technical director who had no previous coaching experience, took over from Carlo Ancelotti at the end of last season when the Italian left for Chelsea.

Milan fans saw his appointment as a cheap gamble given owner Silvio Berlusconi has been belt-tightening during the global economic crisis.

Leonardo strongly hinted at his departure recently when he said his relationship with Berlusconi was possibly “incompatible”.

Milan will finish third in Serie A this season having had an inconsistent campaign which included a last-16 defeat to Manchester United in the Champions League.

Bureau Report