Di Marzio: Conceicao, Conte, De Zerbi – the latest on Milan’s managerial pursuit

By Oliver Fisher -

During the coverage of last night’s game between AC Milan and Cagliari at San Siro, Gianluca Di Marzio shared some updates on the pursuit of a new head coach.

In a rather bizarre paradox, Milan were electric on the field particularly in the second half as they scored five times and hammered their relegation-threatened opponents 5-1, but the mood in the stands was anything but a party.

The Curva Sud continued the protest they started during the Genoa game last Sunday night which made for a quite eerie atmosphere, and their motives behind doing so were the perceived lack of ambition and clarity from the ownership.

One of the big indicators from the management will be who they select as the head coach to replace Stefano Pioli, and Di Marzio (via MilanNews) gave some updates on Sergio Conceicao, Paulo Fonseca and Antonio Conte too.

“Conceicao? [It is a] Forced coexistence with Villas-Boas, because he didn’t vote for him to be the new president. He wants to go to Milan, his agent Jorge Mendes is pushing for him to be the chosen one,” he said.

“Milan also like Fonseca a lot and insisted on presenting him with a project but he was called first by Marseille who offered him a three-year contract and gave him carte blanche.

“If there is any news on De Zerbi or Conte or coaches who we don’t know are among Milan’s favourites, we will find out in the coming weeks.”

Tags AC Milan Antonio Conte Roberto De Zerbi Sergio Conceicao


  1. I believe Mota would be the best candidate, but I will totally respect if he stays in Bologna — this would be Nobel thing to do.

    1. Bologna won’t have a big enough squad to play Champions League without suffering with their results in Serie A.
      The general statistic is that teams that aren’t rich enough to build a Big Squad that is constantly playing in European competitions year after year (essentially two full teams of top players) drop several levels, closer to mid table, when they suddenly qualify for Europe.
      That’s what Mota has to look forward to next season if he stays at Bologna.
      Juventus seems like a financial mess still, and they haven’t figured out how to pay off Allegri and his staff. Why would Mota want to go there?

      Porto are in fourth place this season. What exactly about Conceicao qualifies him to be better than Pioli? Apart from his agent Jose Mendes stirring up the news story rumors there’s no reason to even consider him.

      Conte is a two season coach only, and hardly a guarantee of success. If he thought motivating the Spurs players was hard, wait till he comes to Milan and has to deal with Leao.

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  2. In my opinion Van Bommel is the right choice but I don’t think we have the guts to think and action outside the box. In my opinion, the choice of Van Bommel can be equivalent for us to the choice made by Leverkusen with Xabi Alonso. A choice that requires courage.

    1. Xabi Alonso is a freak of nature occurrence. High Risk, High Reward. You can bet on it with Bayer, because it’s a club without history, so what if they fail. Doubt Xabi could Copy & Paste his success at a bigger club.

      At Milan the pressure is much higher to appoint a coach to succeed.

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