L’Equipe: Fonseca’s name causes friction amongst Milan’s management – the reasoning

By Ben Dixon -

Reports are flying about who AC Milan may select to be their next head coach, and today, some information has been revealed about their thoughts regarding one of their targets. 

With Stefano Pioli set to oversee his last Milan game this weekend, the Rossoneri have involuntarily entered themselves into a crucial part of the managerial search. With no named successor and a mercato opening shortly, there is a need for the club to find the next face of their project.

Of course, the club can operate in the market with no manager at the helm, but this would ideally be avoided if possible. Especially when the targets have been identified, it is now a case of selection.

Today, L’Equipe (via Radio Rossonera) reports that Milan are stuck, though, at least in regards to Paulo Fonseca. The Portuguese manager has remained heavily linked to the post, but he reportedly divides the management.

L’Equipe continues, stating that the Diavolo may have an advantage over teams like Marseille, but his name ‘does not find unanimity, especially with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who prefers Mark van Bommel‘. It is stated that this could be a bluff or even a strategy, but the time for strategies and bluffs is closing, with confirmation of Pioli’s departure arriving shortly.

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  1. Nonseca is causing friction amongst the fan base as well. And on this we support Ibra. The coach just doesn’t excite or inspire confidence. I would accept a young and untested coach at the highest level (Motta, V Brommel), if not give us Sarri.

  2. Milan management is smart. They choose bommel or fonseca.

    Bommel is cheap salary.

    Fonseca will be fluent cooperation with moncada. Because fonseca speak french and knew about ligue 1. And in the future we will have more cheap player from ligue 1.

  3. Why in the hell are we aiming at a coach who never got any better than 5th in Serie A and is currently 4th in Ligue 1 (a much worse league than Serie A) to replace a coach who has won Serie A and is currently 2nd in Serie A???

  4. A reminder that we have never (ever) hired top coaches.

    However, it’s one thing being relatively unproven, like Van Bommel, and quite another already being proven to be bang average, like Fonseca. I have everything crossed this is the media getting carried away.

    1. I don’t like Van Bommel idea, I admit haven’t seen a single game of Anterp and last season they won double which was a great result, but this season they lost 7 of 8 playoff games.

      1. I’m going purely off what I’ve read about this since the rumours started as, like you, it’s not a league I’ve followed, but he lost a couple of key players in the winter.

        I should say he’s nowhere near my first choice, but I’m not against the idea.

  5. They are looking for a simple coach who doesn’t ask too many questions, a coach who says yes to the club’s choices.

    Last summer everyone was going nuts, how Maldini didn’t listen to Pioli on transfers and how RedBird then gave Pioli free hands in mercato.

    Bedtime stories. And you’re buying it.

      1. Someone who’ll look the other way when they’re selling stars and give him cheap alternatives while demanding to stay competitive and within top 4 for CL money. Every now and then they’ll scapegoat him for not winning.

        1. Daft question, but if your conspiracy is correct, why wouldn’t they keep Pioli? Who has always been loyal to the club and players and qualified easily for the UCL.

  6. Lol can’t wait to see next season roller coaster with the new manager.

    And I hope the fans who keeps screaming fired Pioli will be the same if the new manager can’t make Milan better than Pioli’s era.

    1. If? You said if lol
      Bro that is exactly what WILL happen and I’m calling it all now too 😂😂😂
      New manager has to win the Scudetto to improve. Good luck with that.

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