Galliani: “I chose Giampaolo in the summer of 2016”

By Anthony Torgrude -

Former AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani and former owner Silvio Berlusconi have both discussed the current state of the team and incoming boss Marco Giampaolo.

Both Galliani and Berlusconi claim to have picked Giampaolo prior to the current management doing so.

“I chose Giampaolo in the summer of 2016 when we were working side by side with the Chinese before the buyout. They wanted Montella who I also respect. Giampaolo can confirm this, he came to my house. If it were my choice, he would have been the AC Milan coach in 2016.”

Berlusconi then spoke on his views of Giampaolo as a coach and also told his story of suggesting him to current President, Paolo Scaroni.

“He is a man who likes beautiful football, has an attacking mentality and that is what you need in a team that must win convincingly. I like that he could bring back the trequartista. I’d be happy if Milan stepped on to the pitch with an attacking mind, playing good football.”

“I will ask Scaroni if I can meet with Giampaolo, as I think I can give him some useful tips. I did talk to the president recently and perhaps he chose Giampaolo because of my advice.”

Berlusconi also found some time to critique his former player and the most recent Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso.

“There were very few shots on goal this season and that really disappointed me,” he said.

“Gennaro Gattuso is a great athlete we all know and who gave so much to Milan.

“I am very fond of him as a person and a player. I did have some disagreements with him as a coach, because we didn’t share the same views on what the tactical system ought to be.”

The pair currently operate Monza in Serie C after purchasing the club in 2018.

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