Former AC Milan director Marco Fassone has defended his time in charge.
Fassone was dumped after Yonghong Li was forced to give up the club’s control to Elliott Management.
“Let’s just say that the experience could’ve ended differently,” Fassone told Calciomercato.com.
“It’s logical that the new owners will want to bring in people they trust, but getting fired an hour after learning from the CAS that we’d won our appeal to get into Europe was painful.
“My opinion is that we could’ve avoided the situation and worked out an agreement without going to court. In many years of career, I have needed to fire employees, but I always preferred to avoid legal action and I feel it would’ve been more opportune then too.
“Yonghong Li left because he realised that he was unable to repay the loan to Elliott, which was due in October. It was still springtime and his search for investors was in vain, so in July he didn’t pay the €32m instalment and Milan went to Elliott.
“We had a three-year project at Milan, with the objective of immediately getting third or fourth place. We invested heavily in the transfer market to reinforce the squad in every area. The second summer would’ve allowed us to adjust things that needed changing and the third to integrate the squad.
“With hindsight, it would’ve been better to focus more on quality than quantity. We had a very strong defence, but Andrea Conti got injured immediately.”