Carlo Ancelotti's future at AC Milan has been brought into severe doubt following an astonishing verbal outburst from owner Silvio Berlusconi.
Berlusconi, who has taken a back seat role with the Rossoneri after returning for a third stint as Italian prime minister, claims Ancelotti is to blame for the club's failure to win the Scudetto this season.
The Italian coach has been linked with a move to Chelsea should his time at the helm of Milan end this summer.
"We lost the title because of Ancelotti," claimed Berlusconi. "Many times we did not use the right tactics.
"We have so many good dribblers and should have based our football on this asset, but we did the opposite."
However, Milan's vice-president Adriano Galliani has attempted to diffuse any potential fall out by claiming: "I never comment, as a rule, on the declarations of president Berlusconi and I don't comment what is reported to me by the newspapers that I have not read.
"I said and I repeat that I won't speak before May 31 on these things, or at least I won't speak before we have reached the direct qualification to the Champions League."