Stefano Pioli is on thin ice and could be sacked by AC Milan next week, with the clash against Sassuolo decisive. The management already has the Primavera manager Ignazio Abate lined up as an interim solution, a report claims.
Friday’s 2-2 draw against Salernitana has put Pioli’s position in real danger and although Milan won’t sack him for the moment, the game against Sassuolo will be decisive for the manager. Without a win there, he will most likely be sick.
According to Calciomercato.com, in the event of a sacking, Milan will not replace Pioli by bringing in a big name from elsewhere. Instead, they will promote the Primavera manager Abate until the end of the season, thus opting for an interim solution.
Milan’s Primavera have done very well this season, currently sitting in third four points behind the league leaders Inter. The derby ended 1-1 one week ago and the standings are even more impressive when you consider that Abate has been forced to give away many of his stars to Pioli (Simic, Camarda, Zeroli, Nsiala and more).
It remains to be seen what will happen next week, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic will reportedly have a say in the matter. It should be noted that the Swede is a good friend of Abate, so he might push for that solution.