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February 27, 2024

Two Immediate Options For AC Milan If They Should Sack Stefano Pioli

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Stefano Pioli’s position as manager of AC Milan continues to be the subject of scrutiny, but there are no signs that the Rossoneri are planning to make an immediate change at the moment.

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According to a report from Tuttosport, the general feeling is that if Pioli manages to remain Milan’s coach until the end of the season, it is unlikely that he will be kept for the next one despite having contract until 2025. Since mid-October the team has been struggling, they have only won two matches between the league and the Champions League.

They lost three times at home and suffered two draws in which they were 2-0 up, drawing questions about the mentality of the team. The enthusiasm at the start of the season was swept away by the heavy defeat in the derby and then, along the way, Milan fell apart thanks to questionable choices, tactics and too many injuries.

In total Milan have had 26 physical problems in the season, 18 of which are due to muscular issues. It’s difficult to get worse than that, but the Rossoneri’s history in 2023-24 teaches that there is no end to the emergency.


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Because Pioli finds himself having to deal with a department – centre-backs specifically – which is down to its last option in Tomori. The main issue is that this was already seen at the beginning of 2023 when a long winless run was endured.

Pioli has been left saddened by a situation that he is unable to change. Injuries do not go beyond his responsibilities and yesterday, at Milanello, he spoke about it for more than an hour and a half with the managing director Giorgio Furlani and the owner Gerry Cardinal .

The owner wanted to take stock of the situation and give the support of the entire club to the coach. The ownership and management retain their stance: only by remaining united can Milan overcome this difficult period. The Rossoneri might be six points behind Inter but they are also five points above fifth place.

Maintaining a top four position, in view of the 2024-25 Champions League, is considered a minimum objective and changing manager now would destabilise things. A possible defeat against Frosinone on Saturday evening at San Siro would lead the club to make new assessments, perhaps more drastic.

In the event of an immediate change, the club already have two possible replacement for Pioli and one of them is Primavera head coach Ignazio Abate. The second option is to hire Andriy Shevchenko. Shevchenko is still out of work after leaving Genoa last year and was recently proposed to Milan’s management as a possible replacement for Pioli, willing to sign a contract until the end of the season. The club are not considering the idea at this stage.

Meanwhile…

A new report has claimed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return is ‘one step away’ from being fully completed and announced, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. The report states that Ibrahimovic’s potential third spell at Milan is expected to take on an official role as a personal consultant to Gerry Cardinale, which will of course have a Milan focus.

Ibrahimovic will therefore help with the running of Milan on behalf of RedBird, but we will have to wait a little longer for things to be officially announced. It is only a matter of time before everything is agreed, with Zlatan and Cardinale always in contact.

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They met at San Siro for Milan-Dortmund, but the talks between the two – as also revealed by the President of Milan, Paolo Scaroni – are continuous. They have been going on for months now and it is not to say that they are not continuing to happen and that they are happening, away from prying eyes. Cardinale will stay in Milan another day, presumably, also for this reason.

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