Sky: Pioli ‘has less grip’ on the Milan team due to uncertainty; Rangnick chosen by Gazidis

By Oliver Fisher -

Despite the attempts from Elliott Management and Ralf Rangnick to downplay rumours of an agreement, the German is the man chosen by Ivan Gazidis to take over at the end of the season, a report claims.

Multiple outlets are now claiming that the German will take over from both Stefano Pioli and Ricky Massara, ensuing a role unprecedented in Italian football as a head coach and sporting director in one.

Manuele Baiocchini for Sky Italia (via MilanNews) has offered an update on Milan’s situation, confirming that the club have suffered a ‘restless’ week due to the fallout between Zvonimir Boban and Gazidis, which resulted in the former being sacked.

The journalist describes it as ‘strange’ that Ricky Massara and Paolo Maldini were not at San Siro for Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Genoa, a game in which Gazidis looked like a lonely figure in the stands.

The Milan press office are claiming the pair did not attend due to health reasons, which would make sense given the coronavirus outbreak and the fact the game was played behind closed doors, except Gazidis was there.

Baiocchini adds that in this moment of uncertainty about the future, also as said by Pioli, the coach has less grip on the team also because – as far as Sky know – Gazidis has chosen Rangnick for next season, causing Pioli to feel devalued.

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