Massimiliano Allegri appears to be hanging by a thread at Milan. Wednesday's 1-0 defeat away to Malaga has put the club's Champions League progression into doubt, while only goal difference is keeping them out of the Serie A relegation zone.
Six defeats in 11 competitive matches this season is the stuff of nightmares after the financially stricken club sold off prize assets Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva in the summer.
A raft of other experienced players also left, the likes of Clarence Seedorf, Gennaro Gattuso and Alessandro Nesta not replaced with sufficient quality.
Allegri continues to put on a brave face, but disenchanted tifosi (fans) are staying away from San Siro and those present are beginning to turn on the coach.
A switch to a three-man defense against Malaga could not alter Milan's fortunes, although they limited the Spaniard's chances and on another day may have claimed a draw.
Allegri, who guided Milan to the Scudetto just two seasons ago, should be in charge for the weekend's game against former club Genoa.
He said after the Malaga game: "I feel the trust of my players and in the league we will certainly improve our situation. In the Champions League we are still in a good position to qualify.
"Certainly we can say we have not been lucky in this recent period as we have missed good chances and we are punished for every mistake we make. We will now have to turn our attention to the next game."