Embattled Milan Coach Pioli Lives to Fight Another Day

Milan considered firing Stefano Pioli after their latest stumble against Salernitana, but he’ll stay on the bench for the Sassuolo game, which might be his final opportunity to turn things around. The brass is blaming his staff for their continuous injuries.

According to Alfredo Pedullà, the coach might sacrifice some of his collaborators to save his job. If he’s unwilling to do that to protect his men, he might resign. It has occasionally happened in other teams in similar situations.

In any case, Milan need to make a decision on Pioli soon to prevent the uncertainty from lingering, adding to their present problems. If they pulled the plug, they’d go with a caretaker manager and postpone their coaching search to next summer.

Per Calciomercato, the Rossoneri have already internally decided to move on from the gaffer in the summer. They are keen on two touted young bosses: Roberto De Zerbi and Thiago Motta. Hiring the former wouldn’t be easy, as his contract envisages a sizeable release clause. Instead, the Bologna manager has yet to extend his expiring deal.

Our Take on Milan and Pioli

While it’s pretty clear where things are headed, they should back him publicly if they plan to have him see out the campaign, or it’ll further undermine him. They aren’t far off from being sucked into the vortex of the Champions League race. The blame game on the injuries is quite tacky.

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