CorSera: Why Pioli is the perfect ‘normaliser’ for a shaken Milan team

By Oliver Fisher -

The hiring of Stefano Pioli as the new head coach could be the perfect ‘normaliser’ for an AC Milan team in chaos, a report claims.

Marco Giampaolo lasted just 111 days in charge of the Rossoneri before being sacked – the shortest reign of any manager in the club’s history – with Pioli being officially confirmed as his successor.

Milan’s supporters were not exactly fond of the appointment, with #PioliOut even reaching the number one trend in Italy on Twitter.

However, Thursday’s edition of il Corriere della Sera (via looks at the key positives of Pioli’s arrival at the club.

Milan can rely on Pioli bringing ‘commonsense and balance’, the paper claims, to help restore some stability back to what has so far been a turbulent campaign.

The 53-year-old was presented in front of the media and created his own slogan for the team to adhere to by stating that they must ‘win whether their heads are up or down’ – an effective mantra.

CorSera also notes the positive signs of Pioli’s pledge to bring ‘ideas, intensity and bravery’: and the fact that he noted that he ‘trains players, not principles’.

This is a clear way of saying that he will adapt to his players, not the other way around, something which was sorely lacking under Giampaolo.

In addition, the 53-year-old will work with young players well and although it is hard to win with such a youthful squad, Pioli can make the difference.

The report adds that the Rossoneri still believe in the goal of reaching the Champions League, with reinforcements to be added in January to help overcome obstacles.

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