Ordine: Why Milan must find replacement for Maldini and Massara ‘quickly’

By Isak Möller -

Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are no longer employed by AC Milan, now run by an ‘integrated working group’ instead. Franco Ordine believes the club must act fast to find a replacement.

Yes, because it seems Milan will not replace Maldini and Massara with two directors, but rather just one sporting director. François-Joseph Modesto, as we were first to report, is one of the options for the role.

As highlighted by Franco Ordine in his latest editorial for MilanNews, time is of the essence for Milan as finding a replacement quickly would show competence. Indeed, it would make the club look prepared for the scenario.

“Why do I consider ‘club manager’ to be a key role? Very simple answer. In recent times, Maldini and Massara filled that space, they were at Milanello every day to discuss with Pioli, learn about the players’ problems, follow the training sessions and then report back to the ownership.

“Given that until today, also with the negative response from Ibra, there has been no indication, it’s a sign that the search continues. There is time, of course, but doing it quickly would make it clear that there are capable people making the decisions,” he writes.

It remains to be seen what will happen, especially since CEO Giorgio Furlani and Chief Scout Geoffrey Moncada are now dealing with the mercato themselves. Moncada will continue to do so even when a sporting director arrives, but Furlani also has other responsibilities to focus on.

Tags AC Milan Franco Ordine Paolo Maldini Ricky Massara


  1. It’s true. I’ve been saying it’s about optics as well this whole time which is really surprising as Gerry is from the US and he knows how it goes down over that side of the pond where getting ahead of the reactions is paramount. Maybe he thought it would get caught up in the 48hr news cycle, but this is different.
    The problem with a figure like Maldini is that any non amicable dismissal was always going to be detrimental to the image of the club so more care should have been taken. But we’re in it now, so the best thing they can do is hire a director who has been known to get results, is not related to direct rivals and is respected across Europe. Then it wouldn’t look as if u dismissed him because you didn’t like him, which is exactly the perception right now. That they did not replace M&M means they think the rest of the team (M, P & F – Moncada, Pioli and Furlani) who were also part of the decision making process last year were not part of the problem and that the team would function better without Maldini and Massara. That in itself is the current message which does not paint a good picture of the former legends and which is the cause for fans to be upset. Sooo…. what’s going to happen is that fans are going to scrutinize every single move M,P&F makes and compare directly with what M&M did..and those failures are going to be magnified and legitimately so. Fialure to attract targets or renew players will be watched even more closely. After all the literal difference is M&M. With a new director Gery could have said there’s a new way forward more in line with xyz, more experience, and many other ways to spin it. And also take himself out of the equation to a degree. And it would have looked like any other personnel change typical of clubs rather than a personal change😉. I’m actually very surprised he went the route he went

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