Longo: Pioli’s future undecided as Cardinale keeps Conte and Motta in the loop

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan have been in very good form as of late, with six consecutive wins in all competitions, and yesterday’s performance against Fiorentina was further proof of their growth. However, Stefano Pioli’s future remains undecided, a report claims. 

Pioli made it clear after the game that he loves being the manager of the club, while the president Paolo Scaroni also spoke highly of the 58-year-old prior to the clash. Of course, this has got some of the Milan fans thinking about the future.

As reported by Daniele Longo of Calciomercato.com, the truth is that Pioli’s future will be decided at the end of the season and not now. Therefore, Gerry Cardinale is also keeping the likes of Antonio Conte and Thiago Motta in the loop, as they are the two most likely candidates.

At the end of the season, Cardinale will sit down with the management and evaluate the season, with everything from the results to injury struggles taken into consideration. Only then will a decision be made, and we know that the American isn’t afraid of making the tough one.

The sacking of Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara came out of nowhere for most, although we were the first to report about the nature of the meeting on our Substack.

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  1. I don’t see us improving with our dear leader Pioli. And I think we should be improving. Where is the gameplay from the scudeto season? Why can’t he recreate the standard that he set?

    1. Because he’s operating a new midfield that is just NOW starting to come together. A midfield that is scoring and creating plenty of scoring chances.

      No reason to think there won’t be any improvement next season with the new guys having played with each other enough to get into a better rhythm.

      Inter’s sensational campaign aside, this Milan is playing WELL!

      1. What midfield? We either play 505 or 415. There is no midfield in Milan. And we are playing like cr@p.

        And our midfield is not scoring nor creating much. between 6 players there are 6 assists. In game week 30. Is that much?

        For reference McKennie and Mkhitaryan got 7 assists each at thier clubs…

        1. It’s definitely not a balanced one, I agree. Pioli’s weakness this season. But also because we don’t have a good DM to clean up.

          RLC is contributing plenty. Reijnders’ vertical plays put front three in good positions (he is improving throughout the season).

          Bennacer isn’t 100% and Adli is inconsistent. Unbalanced, yes. But a midfield nonetheless.

          1. It’s funny. As players i wonder what’s the difference between cdk and rlc. Because pioli couldn’t play on of those at all and now he’s using the other one as basically a SS most of the time..

  2. Milan has no balance in defense and attack. I don’t know but I am impressed with how Motta was able to beat inter this season. Bologna seems to have balance in defense and attack and their defenders are not better than ours.

    If Pioli stays then we need to get experience defenders because we cannot trust Thiaw, Gabbia and Kalulu next season. They are not good enough to be in the starting 11 even if Gabbia has shown signs of improvement he still not a starter for me.

    I hope Milan invest in getting Torino’s Buongiorno and Rugani is available on a free transfer.

    We should get both of them in my opinion for next season. At Inter, they 6 quality defenders. Kjaer is leaving and we should either sell Kalulu or use him at RB.

    1. I was intrigued where this is going and then you mentioned Rugani.. poof, everything, gone.
      Also our cbs are good enough, they just need better support from midfield and ofc a fûcking coach who can play their strengths not their weaknesses.

      1. Agree that Pioli’s defensive systems are lacking. His best defense is offense so far.

        But then again, he’s playing without any decent DM’s.

  3. Stop being idiots and just commit to Pioli for a bit longer. Getting rid of Pioli and bringing in Conte would be madness and Motta the only obvious gamble that may pay off is going to be interesting a lot of clubs. Focus on gradual improvement this off season and see how the team develops.

    1. Motta stays at Bologna to oversee them in Europe.

      Conte is destructive and sets Milan back 5 years after a Scudetto.

      DeZerbi… lost 4-0 to Roma because he can’t defend. Enough said.

      Pioli IS the BEST option currently. We need an upgrade, when one is available. Not change for the sake of change.

      1. Spot on for me.
        This is my take except on the matter of Motta. I think if he gets an offer he will move, but may be you’re right.

        However, even if Motta is a good possibility, coaching Milan is not easy as Bologna because he would have to factor in the pressure for success that comes with coaching Milan.

  4. Agree that pioli’s tenure has come to an end. However, an upgrade coach is needed and conte is not it. I’d rather keep baldy than conte as conte is too toxic and short term coach. A proper dm has been needed since kessie left, somehow we never got to replacing him. Given public statements that pioli has a lot of say in the transfer market i think pioli just never wanted one. Add to that the rollocoaster seasons that we’ve had after the scudetto win he got to go. Thats unacceptable for a team that wants to win silverware. Yes even injuries i blame his staff. Lets see what the menagment will do about it.

  5. Expecting immedate results after revamping half of the squad is plain stup!d. That’s why I was so vocal and against the shopping spree in the summer. It was bound to disrupt the ongoing project. And then all the injuries. It was really bad. His only miss this season was CL where we should get at least to knockouts. All in all, Pioli is steering this ship pretty good and players seem to be clicking finally.

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