AC Milan owner Gerry Cardinale has remained close to the team during the start of the season, and he does not consider Stefano Pioli’s position to be in question.
As is to be expected after such a large and bitter defeat in the derby against Inter, there has been some calls and even some speculation that Pioli should be removed from the position of head coach.
As our colleagues at SempreMilan.it report, these rumours were immediately silenced and then officially refuted by owners RedBird Capital. Instead, Cardinale reiterated his total trust in the coach and the project.
Trust and patience
This summer, Milan made a significant acceleration in their development plan by strengthening the squad with 10 signings, an almost total change that cannot be dismissed after just four games.
The derby against Inter highlighted a clear gap with the Nerazzurri, but the trust placed in the team and Pioli does not waver even given the upcoming important commitments.
Milan needs time to allow all the new players to come into operation, so while the derby was a bitter defeat it must not and cannot bring into a question a project in which the owners, management and players themselves have invested everything.
What it would take to make this trust waver is unknown, but another negative stretch like January or March earlier in the year might test the patience of those higher up.