Stefano Pioli is under heavy scrutiny and could be forced to leave his position at AC Milan in the coming weeks. Antonio Conte’s name has been thrown around but to secure the manager, Gerry Cardinale would have to change the project.
Although the topic has exploded in the last few weeks or so, Milan fans and newspapers have been discussing the post-Pioli era for quite some time. And while Conte has been brought up almost every time, it has never made complete sense from Cardinale’s perspective.
As stated by Pietro Mazzara in his latest editorial for MilanNews, Conte could be the perfect man to turn things around for Milan, looking for a new challenge in Italy. However, it’s also true that Cardinale would have to change the project he has outlined for the club, which didn’t include a demanding prominent/world-class manager when he took over.
We wrote about this exact subject at length on our Substack, which you will know if you are a paid subscriber already. Based on everything Cardinale has said, and what has filtered from the club, we described why Milan hiring a world-class manager is unlikely.
With that in mind, if Cardinale were to make a concrete attempt for Conte, it would really be remarkable. Not necessarily in a negative way, but while plans often change the project is supposed to be a bit more rigid.