AC Milan have reportedly made Andriy Shevchenko and assistant Mauro Tassotti their first choices to replace Marco Giampaolo should he be dismissed.
Milan suffered yet another damaging blow at San Siro on Sunday night as they were comfortably beaten 3-1 by Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina.
Pressure is beginning to build on Giampaolo after a dreadful start to the season in which the Rossoneri have lost four of their opening six games for the first time since 1938-39.
It was a hostile atmosphere all evening, and there were protests from the Curva Sud towards the end of the game, with speculation mounting that Giampaolo could be sacked.
Vito Angele confirmed to us that the former Sampdoria man’s position is under threat, with three possible temporary solutions being considered
Monday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that there are five possible names being considered as potential replacements.
Currently the manager of the Ukrainian national team, Shevchenko – with his assistant Tassotti – has won 16 out of 29 games, losing only five and outscoring opponents 43 to 23 in that spell.
The signs early in Shevchenko’s coaching career are good, and the report adds that he was an idea for Genoa over the summer before they decided to stick with Andreazzoli.
Saturday’s game – ironically against Genoa – could be decisive for Giampaolo. Another defeat, and Paolo Maldini will pick up the phone to ring two of his old friends.