Stefano Pioli is set to be named as the new manager of AC Milan, though there have been fan protests before the official announcement has even been made.
The Rossoneri confirmed the sacking of Marco Giampaolo on Tuesday after just 111 days in charge – the shortest reign of any manager in the club’s history.
It then emerged that everything has been agreed for Pioli to take charge, with the announcement now imminent after the 53-year-old arrived at Casa Milan this morning to sign the contract.
Fans have not taken to the news well, and it has been so badly received that #PioliOut has even reached the number one trend in Italy on Twitter.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport though – as cited by MilanNews.it – there is a way that Pioli can win over the supporters.
In the minds of all fans is still the chances of qualification for the Champions League, with Milan currently four points back of 4th place Napoli.
This will be Pioli’s main objective, the report adds, and positive results can help build momentum towards that goal.
The new head coach will also have to try to restore enthusiasm to a group that has shown little personality at the start of the season, and get them playing good football.
Both supporters and the club’s leaders want to see a team that plays good football and that gets to the results through ‘the beautiful game’.
It will now be up to Pioli to satisfy this request, giving continuity to the young and trying to make the most of the quality players available.
It is an uphill battle for Pioli, but it is not an impossible task to win over the fans.