Pedulla: Pioli’s inbox empty after Milan exit despite links with three clubs

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli is looking for his next club after leaving AC Milan and at the moment there does not seem to be a great array of possibilities for him, according to one journalist.

According to Alfredo Pedulla (via Radio Rossonera), Pioli’s inbox is currently empty when it comes to offers from clubs despite the various rumours that have been circulating about jobs both in Italy and abroad.

He states that Pioli has long been mentioned as a candidate for Napoli, but was never a first choice because Aurelio De Laurentiis – the president of the Partenopei – only ever had the idea of hiring Antonio Conte in mind.

In Italy there is not much in the way of alternatives for Pioli. There was ‘a whisper about Bologna’ and what would have been return to the Rossoblu, but they didn’t move forward and instead went for Fiorentina’s Vincenzo Italiano.

Aside from that, there are no rumours about another job in Serie A. Before Fenerbahce went straight for Jose Mourinho, Pioli had also had an enquiry from Turkey, but he did not seem interested in the idea of coaching there. The Premier League is the big desire for every coach, as Pioli declared himself.

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  1. He deserves a new project. He seems as the perfect coach for a team that wants to build a community. At least, he’d be considered the soonest a coach has been fired after 5 matchdays, as happens every season…

      1. Pioli has managed those three teams already, not sure if that would entice him to go back there.

        As a scudetto winner, going to Lazio/Viola/Bologna would be a step back at this point of time. Had he failed again, finding another great club to manage would be a pipe dream. He should bide his time and aim for another top job or at least a job in mid EPL team like Spursy perhaps (if Ange decided that he has had enough), before taking on lesser teams.

        1. Fair point and an oversight on my behalf. Indeed, reheated soup is best avoided. Still, no offers but from Turkey…

  2. Serie A teams have seen him balls up the last 6 derbies so he’s probably better off heading to England or Spain where they haven’t been paying as much attention.

  3. If there’s no good club job, I could see him theoretically be decent at international level. After Euros there’ll likely be some National team openings, some of the minor nations could do worse than appointing Pioli.

    His last season was kinda disappointing makes sense we moved on from him, but I’m sure most Milan fans hold no ill will towards him and hope his next move is enjoyable and successful.

  4. Top clubs needs a tactical expert and coaches who can take good decisions and formulates game specific plans, not a motivational speaker like pioli.

  5. He should probably take a sabbatical year and just take a rest. He had never spent more than 3 seasons with any other clubs before us and I think he earned himself a nice little vacation. There’s no need to rush into projects that doesn’t suit him. I wish him well for the future.

  6. And that sums up how great coach he is and that Milan needed a change.

    Even for Fonseca, who – as we might not like it – was oferred contract by 3 decent teams (Milan, Marseille, Lille), whereas Pioli’s letterbox is empty.

  7. I think the only job he didn’t outright turn down above is Napoli. But I suspect he wants to go to England. He is still being paid another year so he can take his time…

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