GdS: Pioli almost certain to leave without top four finish – Allegri remains the main candidate

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are likely to part company with Stefano Pioli and find a new head coach unless he miraculously pulls off a top four finish, a report claims.

The Rossoneri began the season with Marco Giampaolo in charge, but he lasted just seven games and was replaced by Pioli in October.

Despite the general consensus being that there has been a marked improvement in performances under the former Lazio and Fiorentina boss, there has not been a huge improvement in results as the 50-year-old has won just eight of his first 18 games in charge.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Calciomercato.com), PioliĀ is already practically certain to leave at the end of the season.

His contract means that Milan have the option not to continue with him in the event of non-qualification to the Champions League, and otherwise he will be exonerated in favour of a more illustrious name.

Interestingly, the report adds that at the moment the favoured name is Max Allegri, still out of work after leaving Juventus at the end of last season.

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