Mediaset: From Palladino to De Zerbi – Milan and Napoli’s manager searches overlap

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are expected to change head coach for the start of next season at the latest, a report claims, and various candidates are being considered.

A number of different profiles have been linked by various sources, such as Thiago Motta (Bologna), Raffaele Palladino (Monza), Vincenzo Italiano (Fiorentina), Roberto De Zerbi (Brighton) and Francesco Farioli (OGC Nice).

According to what is being reported by SportMediaset, Napoli will also be looking for a long-term hire come the summer and Palladino perfectly matches the identikit profile sought by the owner to create a new chapter.

The same goes for Motta, who was not surprisingly sought out last summer by the Neapolitans before the decision to go for Rudi Garcia. Italiano and Farioli are on their list too, but the choice of the Italian Champions will also be intertwined with those of Milan.

De Zerbi is also liked by both clubs (although very difficult to attract), but pay attention to Palladino who – due to his philosophy and economic demands – seems to marry perfectly with the Rossoneri’s project.

If he had to choose, is it possible that the Monza boss could go with his ‘heart’, as he said before their game against Napoli: “I am a son of Naples, my heart is there.”


Tags AC Milan Francesco Farioli Raffaele Palladino Roberto De Zerbi Thiago Motta Vincenzo Italiano


  1. 2 be honest Napoli had the right idea with Garcia but they didnt give him enough time. Spallettis magic season was always gonna be a hard act to follow

  2. DeZerbi’s record in the EPL isn’t really anything to write home about. 8-6-5 with Milan would get you fired even sooner than Pioli.

    Of all the names linked, Motta’s makes sense the most. That is, if he is even interested. He did turn down ADL and Napoli (smartly).

    1. but this is brighton we are talking about. 10 years ago they were a regular in 2 tier. They also keep selling top players so de zerbi does what he can but its a losing battle

      1. Right, and maybe there’s less pressure to perform at Brighton. So any win gets magnified in its importance. But at Milan there’s vastly more pressure to perform.

        It may be easier to bring a struggling team up to a higher league than to take an established team to a better form, if that makes sense.

        I don’t know I guess I’m just not sure about DeZerbi.

        1. Doesn’t the less pressure argument applies to Motta as well?
          He is coaching the Brighton of serie A.
          Zaccheroni coached Udinese before winning a title in his 1st year at Milan, same with Allegri coming from Cagliari.

        2. thats true. milan has high pressure. Winning is expected.

          Tho if you get praised by lord Pep there, he has to be doing something right. I’d take him in a second. Cant do worse than our lord Baldy.

          I wonder what ambitions Motta has, i think MIlan is looking for a yes man first. The other 3 dont convince me at all

    2. @ACM1899, That’s a solid record for where they’re at and the quality of their squad. Brighton have no players to write home about, nada, zero zilch lol. The problem with Brighton is actually drawing too many games (btw with that record they’d be only 3 points behind us). This year the Prem is clearly the toughest league in Europe. There are 4, maybe 5, legitimate teams for the title. Apart from the Villa loss all their other losses were close. And when they played Guardiola’s City, man they scared them, ..with no name players. Pep played a totally different to game to their norm. I’ll give him credit. Don’t just look at the record. A couple of those draws going the other way and they’ll easily be top 5. And they’re a solid team

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