GdS: Europa League glory could be crucial for Pioli’s Milan future

By Euan Burns -

Winning the Europa League could be what Stefano Pioli needs in order to keep his job as the AC Milan coach next season, a report suggests.

As has been reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Milan News), the Italian coach is still under plenty of pressure as Milan boss despite the team sitting one point away from second place in Serie A.

Milan are out of the Coppa Italia and into the last 16 of the Europa League where they will be facing Slavia Praha, a tough but very winnable tie.

The club stands to earn around €40m from winning the entire tournament when TV earnings and prize money from each round is factored in, and that money will go a long way towards securing a new striker in the summer transfer window.

Europa League success will be a very big deal for the club, but would be an extremely big deal for Pioli. He would be able to hold that in front of the powers that be and likely get the chance to fulfil the final year of his contract, or even get a new one altogether.

It would be hard for Milan to appoint a new coach on the back of a season where Milan have won a European trophy and qualified for the Champions League again.

Tags AC Milan Europa League Stefano Pioli


  1. Ugh. I’m ready for a new direction, but I’d like to win something too. I just hope we’re not Roma 2022/23. Going to a final, keeping the mediocre coach, and then suffering mightily next season in the league until said coach is finally relieved.

    1. dont worry, we arent winning it. As much as i want to, our squad under Pioli is very inconsistent. I think with the exception of Liverpool, we have the squad to win it in terms of talented starting 11. The semis will probably be as far as we go.
      I like Pioli and will be forever grateful for bringing stability and a scudetto after a decade of shtty seasons. BUT, he has reached his ceiling and even he knows it.

      1. Inzaghi at least won a coppa and a supercoppa with Inter last season. And an UCL final is always bigger than an EL final, especially considering that City is a heavy favourite.

        1. I’d take a UCL semis again over Europa cup victory tbh (though maybe just once we could win it but after that strictly UCL)
          The prestige of the UCL is much much higher

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