GdS: Milan’s current four-man list of potential successors to Pioli

By Oliver Fisher -

At the moment, it seems more likely than unlikely that AC Milan and Stefano Pioli will part ways when the season ends and there are a few names reportedly in the fold to replace him.

This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) outlines the possible ‘revolution’ that could take place at the conclusion of the 2023-24 season, after Gerry Cardinale admitted he is not satisfied with the way things are going.

The first aspect to be defined is the head coaching position, and a final judgement on Pioli is postponed until the end of the season. Winning the Europa League would give the owners a trophy that is missing in the cabinet – success is Cardinale’s obsession and Pioli could thus satisfy it.

On the contrary, his actual chances of staying are low. After almost five years, Milan are heading towards a change on the bench to start a new course and there are four potential replacements.

Antonio Conte would mark a clear switch in ambition because of the salary he would command, the investment in the squad, plus the fact he is a tough character with methods that are set in stone. The hypothesis is there, nonetheless.

Other choices would be less disruptive. Julen Lopetegui is a concrete idea, but in his career he has won only one title: the Europa League (with Sevilla), which is missing from the Rossoneri’s honours board. For two years he was coach of Spain and he spent four months at Real Madrid.

Another profile under observation is Thiago Motta who is excelling with Bologna after plying his trade at Genoa and Spezia. The Rossoblu are fourth in the table, five points behind Milan, and he is developing a lot of young players there.

Not even the Marcelo Gallardo track should be abandoned. He was at River Plate for many years and restored them to being a powerhouse but he left to try a new challenge and today he is a Al-Ittihad who are fifth in the Saudi Pro League.


Tags AC Milan Antonio Conte Julien Lopetegui Marcelo Gallardo Thiago Motta


  1. Thiago Motta or no one, literally. He only plays in a 4-2-3-1 formation like Milan does. Milan has been playing in this formation continuously for 5 years.

    1. Lol just this year milan played in 4 different formations. End of the day formation doesn’t matter. Especially with pioli and his manmarking. During gameplay they’re all over the place and it’s all fluid depending on situations.

      1. EXACTLY my thoughts on this matter but remember it’s all about profits with gerry elliott not about winning it’s all about competitive football I’m sure it’s music to Man city Psg Real Madrid Chelsea Liverpool Barca and Chelsea Inter milan ears.

        1. Might as well change your Avatar name to “Pug”, because your takes are just as dense…

          For the 1000th time, financial stability and sustainability does not mean a lack of ambition of winning. But you have your mind already made up…

          Non capisci un tubo….

  2. I wonder if Motta is even realistic at this point. He’s clearly going to have options, and there will be some bigger jobs than Milan open this summer.

    I almost think that De Zerbi might be more realistic than Motta.

    1. You’re right about Motta’s options. But a jump out of Serie A might be a bigger risk than a jump to a bigger club within the league. I don’t know.

      I feel like with Zlatan on board, it would be an easier transition for Motta. He sure as sh*t doesn’t want to go to Napoli 🙂

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