Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has been told that his job is safe at leasat until the end of next season his job next season.
The club’s vice-president Adriano Galliani made the assurance amid reports linking Marcello Lippi with the post.
Although still in this season’s Champions League, the side are currently only in fifth place in Serie A.
But Galliani has guaranteed Ancelotti his job, telling the club’s official website: “Milan, and I say it also in the name of president (Silvio) Berlusconi, will definitely have Carlo Ancelotti on the bench in the 2008/09 season, whether they reach the Champions League or not.
“Even if we don’t make it (to the Champions League) – and I don’t think that will happen – we shall humbly continue our path in the Uefa Cup and Ancelotti will be there with us.”
Ancelotti took over as coach in 2001/2 and has since guided the club to two Champions League titles, the Serie A crown and a World Club Championship.