Stefano Pioli will be given more chances to right the ship, as Milan are on the brink of elimination in the Champions League and haven’t kept up with Inter and Juventus in Serie A. The gaffer could get the ax if the situation didn’t improve soon, TuttoSport informs (via Fantacalcio).
In that event, the Rossoneri probably wouldn’t pursue big-ticket gaffers. They’d likely promote Primavera manager and former player Ignazio Abate and start probing the options for next summer when the pool will be more plentiful.
Pioli needs to win against Frosinone, or he could be fired quickly. The Rossoneri have a clean week coming up, giving some breathing room to a potential new boss.
The Rossoneri brass isn’t too enthused by the current alternatives, primarily Antonio Conte and Igor Tudor, for different reasons. First and foremost, though, the management is unwilling to commit to a new tactician long-term at this stage.
Even if he weathers the storm, Pioli is likely in his final season at the club. He’s contracted till 2025. Thiago Motta is the early favorite to substitute for him down the line.
Our Take on Milan and Pioli
Going with a stopgap has become a trend. While the replacements might not be perfect fits, it’d be silly to give up on the season in December, especially since qualifying for the Champions League is a vital objective. A few okay coaches would surely seize the chance to take them over even without a lengthy deal.
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