CM: Gilardino a candidate for Milan and Juventus as Genoa stabilise in Serie A

By Oliver Fisher -

A lot of the talk at the moment regarding AC Milan and young coaches in Serie A revolves around Thiago Motta, but there is another manager who is impressing. write how Alberto Gilardino continues to amaze with Genoa, who were promoted from Serie B last season and are 12th in the Serie A table with 33 points, meaning they are already close to sealing safety.

On Monday evening at San Siro, despite the 2-1 defeat against Inter, Gilardino’s men demonstrated that they have some important characteristics. First of all, at 2-0 down in the 38th minute, the Rossoblù did not give up and continued with character and personality, playing their way.

Furthermore, Genoa demonstrated that – in addition to good individuals – they have a collective spirit that perhaps brings out more than the sum of the parts. In the second half they penned Inter in their area, scoring a goal and having another disallowed for offside.

Both in Monday’s match and in the reverse fixture at the Marassi (which ended 1-1), Genoa were one of the very few teams capable, at least this season, of putting Simone Inzaghi’s steamrolling Inter in difficulty.

Thiago Motta and Raffaele Palladino may be stealing the headlines and earning the links with bigger clubs, but both have more experience too given that Motta is in his fourth season in Serie A and Palladino in his second, while Gilardino is in his debut season (after four seasons between Serie C and D, and a year in Serie B).

Gilardino’s name could therefore easily be among the possible candidates for the bench of a big club in the near future, such as Juventus or Milan, if they decide to change manager in the summer. The 2006 World Cup winner has a special bond with both clubs.

As for Juve, the Piedmontese-born former striker has never hidden that he supported them as a child, as well as having been close to joining them on at least a couple of occasions, without ever actually joining them.

As for Milan, however, the history books do the talking: 132 appearances and 44 goals in three seasons, winning a Champions League, a European Super Cup and a Club World Cup.

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  1. Makes no sense to keep pushing mediocre coaches, would make more sense to leave Pioli and get more players, after get Conte… If we want to keep the team playing like this, we can even put me in charge, I can play Leao ball too…

  2. Why would you call Motta, Paladino, and Gilardino mediocre coaches? They are at the beginning of their coaching careers. One has coached only for 4 years , the other for 2, and Gilardino is raising through the ranks.
    Out of all the coaches you mentioned, the only one who can be called mediocre is Milan’s current coach. 25-year coaching career spread across 15 different clubs. So before Milan, where he has been for 5 years now, he was on 14 teams in 20 years. Rarely being able to keep his job for longer than a year.
    Now that’s mediocre.

    1. And he wasn’t meant to stay on this long. He came on originally to stabilize the team and started outperforming expectations.

      This summer we don’t need to stabilize the team. We need to upgrade and improve. I’m not a fan of Palladino or Gilla. I’d take a chance on Motta. Maybe on DrZerbi, although I don’t trust his defense. And Conte at worst. Maybe even Sarri because he would be good for developing Leao and playing progressive attacking calcio. (Not the sh*t we saw at Lazio with a sub standard squad).

    1. You seem to foget that he was at juventus as well right before joing us. In the end though i dont think it matter as much as where people has coached or played before joining any club as its far more about the qualifications and potential they may posses and if people can get the job done or not.

    2. You really need a history lesson here kiddo.

      At his managerial debut, Ancelotti won Serie-B with Regina which promoted the club to Serie-A.

      After that he left Regina and coached Parma which back then has Buffon, Thuram, Cannavaro, Chiesa, Crespo, Baggio, and plenty of great players. In the first season, he managed to brought 2nd place for Parma and qualified for UCL.

      Then he goes to Juve and won Intertoto Cup in 1999.

      In his early career, Ancelotti is definitely not a mediocre manager like De Zerbi or Gillardino.

  3. When Genoa vs Milan, yes they were very determined team. Even when vs Milan which is above their level, Gilardino was very disappointed with loss.

    Very alluring choice, but i think De Zerbi is better choice. Because Brighton already has similar Players characteristic. So i think De Zerbi might get US results faster.

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