AC Milan have moved to deny that club owner Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed the sacking of Massimiliano Allegri.
The former Italy prime minister essentially revealed that the coach was to be given his marching orders despite having taken the Rossoneri to third in Serie A this season, but the club have insisted that no such statement has been publicised.
The Milan website wrote: "The Honorary President Silvio Berlusconi announces that it has not issued today any kind of statement or written any letter concerning Milan."
Not long beforehand on Monday, it was reported that Berlusconi had penned a message revealing that the entire Milan coaching staff was set to be replaced, with no mention that Allegri would be spared.
"There will be a complete change in the coaching staff. We will also, if necessary, re-organise the club structure," Berlusconi is said to have written to Il Processo di Biscardi.
"After the disastrous start to the season, I met with the coach and directors to tell everyone this situation had to be overturned.
"I also specified that the team had to step on to the field with a different tactical set-up, as I have a lot of experience in this area.
"The results were seen straight away, modesty aside, starting from the comeback to draw 2-2 with Napoli. From the relegation zone we climbed to third place, earned yesterday by the skin of our teeth.
"I have already called for tomorrow a complete revamp of the coaching staff and, if it were needed, a more efficient and complete re-organisation of the club structure."