Leonardo is named as Milan's new coach by Adriano Galliani (right)
New AC Milan coach Leonardo can repeat the success of England boss Fabio Capello at the San Siro, according to general manager Adriano Galliani.
Leonardo has been promoted from his role as technical director to replace Carlo Ancelotti following his appointment as Chelsea's new manager.
The Brazilian, 39, has agreed a two-year contract with Milan.
"This club has got very little wrong with its choice of coach down the years," said Galliani.
Despite his lack of coaching experience, Galliani believes Leonardo can have the same impact Capello had at Milan in the 1990s and soften the blow of losing Ancelotti to Chelsea.
"Milan wants to continue the road they took with Capello."
"I remember in 1991 when (Arrigo) Sacchi's term came to an end after four years we had to listen to all sorts of stories about Capello," Galliani added.
"He went on to win four titles in five years and we played in three consecutive Champions League finals.
"We are sure that Leonardo will do well. He is an intelligent person and knows how to maintain a relationship with the players.
"Milan wants to continue the road they took with Capello. He was a great player, like Leonardo, and then was a great member of staff, like Leonardo and then he became the coach, like Leonardo."
Like Capello, former Brazilian World Cup winner Leonardo is also a former Milan player and although he played down comparisons with the England coach, he hopes to replicate the success he enjoyed with the Rossoneri.
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