Vieri backs Brocchi to succeed at Milan

AC Milan legend Christian Vieri says he has no doubt recently-appointed head coach Cristian Brocchi will bring success back to the club.

Sinisa Mihajlovic was sacked on Tuesday, with Brocchi being promoted from Milan’s Primavera team as his successor, and Vieri is confident Brocchi’s lack of top-level mangerial experience will not be an issue.

“I’m happy for Cristian, he’s a wonderful man and an enthusiastic and prepared coach,” Vieri told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Cristian is ready mentally for a big team, I’m sure of it. As a player, he breathed in the climate of the most prestigious and successful clubs in Italy for many years.

“These are things that count for a lot, which make the difference at least at the start.”

Brocchi has only been appointed until the end of the season at this stage and, with just six league games of the season remaining, Vieri thinks he should be given more time to prove himself.

“Six matches are nothing to judge the value of a coach. In a period this short you need miracles to get 100 per cent, and miracles have evidently only been made by Spalletti at Roma so far,” he explained.

“The Coppa Italia is an extra motivation, being able to play for a trophy right away. Taking the Coppa home and making his mark immediately would be the icing on the cake.”