Sky: Conceicao now inclined to leave Porto as Milan open conversation

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan have initiated contacts with Porto Manager Sergio Conceicao for the soon-to-be vacant head coach position at the club. Per the report, the Rossoneri have narrowed their search to a few candidates. 

Stefano Pioli will depart at the end of the season and it seems a Napoli move is on the cards for him. Milan are currently looking for his replacement and there are a few candidates in the running, such as Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi.

According to Sky Italia (via GDM), Milan have also initiated contacts with the Portuguese manager Conceicao. He recently renewed his contract with Porto but that was before the presidential election, which Andre Villas-Boas won over Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa (who renewed the contract).

Conceicao, therefore, is now inclined to leave the club and there is a clause in his contract which means he can do so by mutual consent. It’s a departure that Villas-Boas likely would allow if the manager were to ask for it.

In addition to Conceicao, Sporting’s Ruben Amorim is also on Milan’s list as per the report. However, there have been no contacts between the parties and the manager wants to stay at Sporting for the upcoming season.

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  1. Pioli has done better in Serie A than Conceicao in Liga Portugal and Porto is not exactly a village team.

    1. 3 titles, 4 cups, has no problems to qualify for the UCL knock out stage, but Pioli with 1 trophy in his life has done better 😉

    2. @Mailand. That is not true. Conceicao has won the Portuguese league 3 times in the same time Pioli took over Milan.

      He has also won the Portuguese Cup and super cup during the same time Pioli was coaching Milan.

      Sergio Conceicao is a better coach than Pioli and he would be a good option if Milan fail to land Motta or De Zerbi.

      1. I was talking about this season, I should have made that clearer.
        Still I don’t see a reason to change from Pioli for him, in my mind he would be a side-grade.

  2. Enough with the mediocre ideas. Go and get De Zerbi or Motta already. Worthless ownership, just happy to get a cheap option and stew in mediocrity

  3. If the door for Motta is closed, Conceicao would be a very good hire.
    Proven coach in Portugal and in Europe.
    In his 6 seasons at Porto he either won the title (3) or finished closed 2nd.
    In UCL almost always got out of the group stages.
    Besides his teams playing attacking football they are also very good defensively.
    Knows the league, speaks the language, he is strict and who knows, maybe by being Portuguese he can get the best out of Leao.
    If Motta is gone, give me Conceicao.

  4. I also agree on conceicao, I followed him when he was with nantes in France, Porto quickly came running !
    Good trainer, more proven then Motta

  5. Perfect profile, can handle the pressure and he’s a winner with experience in Serie A being a former Lazio and Inter player. Very much admired his hard running at Lazio down the right wing and he’s become an Excellent coach and his son an excellent player. Wouldn’t mind us getting him in as well.

  6. Perfect profile, can handle the pressure and he’s a winner with experience in Serie A being a former Lazio and Inter player. Very much admired his hard running at Lazio down the right wing and he’s become an Excellent coach and his son an excellent player. Wouldn’t mind us getting him in as well.

  7. De Zerbi has done nothing to justify him being a candidate, this man has regularly had top teams even inter struggle in the Champions League, he’s excellent tactically, if you told me 20 ago Milan fans would be crying about a guy who’s literally done nothing in De Zerbi over a proven winner like Conceicao I would’ve laughed you out of the room. Also it doesn’t take a genius to be a good coach in the Premier League any Italian coach with a big enough budget will prosper. More Italian coaches, even flops like Ranieri have won their league. It takes true knowledge of Calcio to win in Serie A and the rest of Europe.

    1. You weren’t alive 20 years ago. Arrive Sacchi hadn’t coach above Serie B level before he took over, Capello was Primavera coach when he took over, and Ancelotti’s highest finish was 2nd when he took over. As a matter of fact, every single coach who has won something, even Guardiola, was trophyless at some point.

  8. He would be an excellent choice, even better than Motta and Van Bommel, he has been at a top club for long, has played in big clubs, played with big players, and has won both domestically and in Europe as a player, has won trophies as the Coach of a big club, he is far better than DeZerbi Zerbi, who has won nothing, and has been a provincial player and manager….

  9. This entire situation has become a joke. Lopetegui would not have been my choice, not even on my radar, but letting the fans dictate your choice for head coach is a terrible move. Milan has people in management that they pay a lot of money to make these decisions. I’m sure they do their homework and scouting. If they looked at everything and decided that this was the best choice out of the list of candidates to lead the team forward, to not choose him now because some fans didn’t like it makes the ownership and management look incredibly weak and impotent. So they are now not going to pick the guy they believe is best for the club because of some fans? May as well just get rid of all the management and scouts and just let the fans vote on coach and player signings. See how that foolishness works out for you.

    1. Dude keep calm. Again, how do we know who was offered anything, who is on the list, who isn’t? Every day a new article comes out about someone else, then 1 week later another comes out about how the same person is now dropped, or refused, or accepted and then another week later a third article about how they’re in talks with the same person.

  10. Thanks Signore Pioli for all you have done to for us.

    But we have to look for a new coach because we are not playing anywhere the near top level.

    We have players to challenge for every competition but under your guidance they seem very constrained

    Stefano we are eternally grateful.You have brought us back from years of obsolescence.

    I wish all the best.

  11. So there’s no need for all the mezz’alas and b2b’s we got for 60 millions last summer since he plays double 6 in the midfield.

    So what now?

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