Stefano Pioli is set to be named as AC Milan’s new head coach on Tuesday, if widespread reports in the media are to be believed.
The club’s leadership made the decision to sack Marco Giampaolo on Monday, as our correspondent Vito Angele told us, but it was believed that Luciano Spalletti was the first choice to replace him.
Spalletti apparently even agreed to take over at Milan on a three-year deal, but he could not resolve a severance package with Inter – where he has a contract until 2021.
Pioli then entered pole position, and MilanNews.it‘s Anto Vitiello confirmed that the former Inter and Lazio boss is set to sign his deal with Milan on Tuesday, with his first training session at Milanello scheduled for Wednesday.
The 53-year-old has taken charge of 310 games in Serie A across spells with Parma, Chievo, Bologna, Lazio, Inter and Fiorentina, winning 109 games, losing 112 and drawing 89.
It’s safe to say the appointment has gathered a lot of criticism from Milan fans, with #PioliOut even trending in Italy on Twitter.
— Milan Eye (@MilanEye) October 8, 2019
— Giovanni Lodetti (@_Lodetti_) October 8, 2019
— Newman💔 (@egg1133) October 8, 2019
This club is out of their minds. Why would you replace a mediocre coach with another one? When will they understand to hire a real coach to build the team 😠 what the fks a Pioli? #PioliOut https://t.co/ecE53OPvTA
— Aniket Thakur (@aniketthakur757) October 8, 2019
— rossonero (@kolinaa82) October 8, 2019
— CHEPLUS (@CHEPLUSHD) October 8, 2019
Milan are replacing Marco Giampaolo with Stefano Pioli – a coach who's made top 3 once in his 16 year career, has a win % of 37.08% across his career and has an average stay of 1,07 yrs at his past clubs. Finished 7th at best over the past 3 seasons. Milan's target? To finish 4th
— Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) October 8, 2019
From bad to a disaster….
They destroy my milan 💦
— Milanista (@qACMILANp) October 8, 2019
— Vader (@emmanX115) October 8, 2019
Milan are appointing a manager who has won 89 of his 250 matches IN SERIE B. He's not even got second division pedigree.
— Kilpin. (@KilpinChronicle) October 8, 2019
I have never seen the entire Milan fanbase unite like this.
— #PioliOUT (@WhatGattusoMad) October 8, 2019
I 100% DISAGREE with appointing Pioli!
If Spalletti doesn’t work you have Ranieri, Garcia & even Donadoni all with better CV’s than Pioli!
We have to wait to see of it’s true first, but not the right decision 👎🏼 https://t.co/SazZIaiaft
— Ⅲ (@ACMvldini) October 8, 2019