Gazidis full of praise for ‘world class’ Moncada and charismatic Maldini

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis has heaped praise on chief scout Geoffrey Moncada and the former technical director Paolo Maldini for their role in the club’s resurgence.

Moncada’s name is one that is very much respected in the footballing world, to the extent that our interview with Milan’s minority shareholder Riccardo Silva he labelled him as being among the ‘top scouts in the world’.

We published a profile on the Frenchman on our Substack including his background, some interesting quotes and his body of work since he has been with the Rossoneri.

Meanwhile, Maldini’s role has been well documented. He became technical director in 2019 and stayed in the position for four years, overseeing a 19th Scudetto and a run to the Champions League semi-finals before being controversially sacked.

Gazidis spoke during an interview with Business of Sport, a podcast hosted by the brothers Charlie & Harry Stebbings, and he was asked what choices were made by Elliott Management to help rebuild Milan.

“They completely revolutionised management, both at a sporting and commercial level, and from there we immediately had a lot to do to fix the team.

“The first thought was to lower the wage bill, because we couldn’t afford to lose all that money, but at the same time we also had to improve our performance on the pitch, that was the real challenge.

“We hired Moncada, a world class scout leader, and a team of expert scouts, combining these two things we immediately achieved excellent results.

“Then we identified Paolo Maldini as sporting director, he immediately impressed me. Paolo not only brought charisma to him, but he was able to create real father-son relationships with the younger players. Paolo was very good.”

Tags AC Milan Geoffrey Moncada Ivan Gazidis Paolo Maldini


  1. You tell them to those morons
    They don’t want Maldini
    He build Milan
    He put himself to low for Milan
    He did everything to make sure Pioli succeeded
    After Pioli shut him on back low life

      1. But you definitely are a sh*tty person. You keep being annoying towards anyone saying anything good about Maldini because of the fact from the first sentence.

    1. Your perception of things is questionable. Emotional and not logical, lacking enough information from inside of the club and based on headlines and comments of the others. Only time will tell truth. Stop wasting you energy.
      I love Maldini more than Baresi.
      He did so well.
      He also had his failures.
      His vision was different to the one club have.
      He is an idiot and a symbol of the club, but he is not the club.
      Grow up!

      1. This blog and whole comment section is full of people with perception as you describe.

        “He is an idiot and a symbol of the club” – including you with this comment. A personal opinion with strong elements of emotions.

        Including me, but I don’t sugarcoat my frustrations and opinions.

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