Report: Gazidis unconvinced by Pioli and wants change – his inspiration is Wenger at Arsenal

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis is not convinced by the work of Stefano Pioli and is pushing for a change in head coach this summer, a report claims.

According to MilanLive, although the idea of Pioli coaching Milan in the 2020-21 season cannot be excluded, Gazidis plans to rely on a different profile with very different ideas and characteristics.

Gazidis is pushing for the change, since Pioli is unlikely to be able to bring the Rossoneri back to the Champions League or to the Coppa Italia final, if the season is even completed due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Instead, the South Africa wants to focus on Ralf Rangnick or a similar manager: a coach with an international profile, with both tactical and managerial skills.

The model is that of Arsène Wenger at Arsenal – the club where Gazidis worked for 10 years – where the Frenchman had control over what happened on the pitch and off it, having the decisive say in recruitment.

A project based on young players, reduced costs and heightened responsibility – something Pioli does not seem primed to do.

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