AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri made a startling revelation after his side progressed to the Champions League proper, claiming he is seriously considering resigning from his post on Thursday.
Milan beat PSV Eindhoven 3-0 on Wednesday night to secure a 4-1 aggregate win that takes them through to the group stages of Europe's premier competition, but the jubilation has been overshadowed by reports that president Silvio Berlusconi threatened to fire Allegri if the Rossoneri failed to qualify.
The 46-year-old appeared disgruntled as he addressed the media following the match and he revealed that he has been affected by speculation over his future and could step down from his position.
"For a couple of years this has been going on, so maybe I'll resign tomorrow morning. I'll think it over tonight," he told Sport Mediaset. "I am a little annoyed tonight, as I read things that have been written and believe people need to be more objective.
"There is pontificating from the outside. There should be respect for other people's work, but I enjoy this, as I am pig-headed. I am satisfied with the performance, but very angry tonight. I am very angry -- fortunately occasionally we win a game and the lads allow me to have some fun too.
"They are trying to make me angry from the outside; it doesn't work. From the inside there is a good rapport with the general manager, the players and the club. Still some like to write rubbish, so when I read this pontificating about what they'd do -- fine, come and take my place on the bench and see if you can get the results I have."