Zvonimir Boban has explained that Milan sacking Marco Giampaolo was “a unanimous decision” and accepted part of the blame for their poor start.

Boban endorsed Giampaolo’s appointment just three months ago, but the Coach has since made way for Stefano Pioli and the Croat confirmed Milan’s entire board were in agreement about dismissing the ex-Sampdoria boss.

“I’m asking myself why I’m at Milan too!” he said at the Festival dello Sport, hosted in Trento by the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

“I’m only joking. I’m happy to fight again for the club I love. I don’t believe I’m arrogant. Champions always think too highly of themselves, but I don’t play anymore.

“After not understanding anything about life, I started studying, understanding things more, punishing myself if necessary.

“Things are a bit difficult for Milan right now because sacking a Coach is a defeat. Marco’s a very good person and it’s a huge regret.

“It was a unanimous decision, only and exclusively to improve Milan’s performances. If you see that you can’t push any further then you think about making a change.

“I want the good of this club and I intend to bring them back to the levels of my Milan. We’re working on all fronts to make that happen soon.

“Results don’t only depend on the Coach. There are players and directors. We’re all to blame.

“To Marco, just after his arrival at Milanello, I said, ‘I hope to leave this city with you.’ I did the same with Paolo [Maldini], who I’m with in the office every day.

“We need time and we’ve always said that. We never made any declarations. We’re the youngest team in Serie A. This is the case in every line of work.

“We know what needs to be done, but it’s a process. We can’t say, ‘those phenomena Paolo and Zvone are there so winning is compulsory or for granted.’

“We’ll do our best, maybe in our third year we’ll see a better and more competitive team, a team who will try to play better and better with each day that passes.

“If we’re a good team, we’ll understand certain things more than others, otherwise someone else will succeed.

“Certainly, football isn’t what it was in the old days.”

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