Head coach Stefano Pioli will leave AC Milan at the end of the season if he does not at the very least qualify for the Europe League, a report claims.
Milan started the season with Marco Giampaolo in charge. He left Sampdoria at the end of the previous season in order to join the Rossoneri, with Paolo Maldini having had a big say in his appointment.
Ultimately though it would not be a successful one: Giampaolo was sacked after just seven games in charge, and Stefano Pioli was brought in to try and steady the ship at the beginning of October.
It was widely reported at the time that Pioli – previously of Lazio, Inter and Fiorentina – had signed a deal until the end of the season with an option for an extra year based on certain objectives being achieved.
According to il Corriere della Sera on Tuesday (via MilanNews.it), there is a lot to be decided regarding Pioli’s future between now end of the season.
The paper states that only by qualifying for Europe will the coach have a chance to remain on the Milan bench again next year. Without European placement, his farewell is a foregone conclusion.