Tuttosport: Two names generate enthusiasm as Pioli era nears its end

By Oliver Fisher -

The AC Milan leadership must make a decision regarding the future of Stefano Pioli ahead of next season and there are two potential replacements that the fans seem excited about, a report claims.

Milan seem to be stuck in a cycle at the moment whereby a damaging result will put Pioli back under the microscope, then a good run of form will follow to distance any talk of him being sacked, before another loss reopens the same doubts.

This morning’s edition of Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) reports that we are ‘reading signs’ of a coach arriving at the end of his cycle at a club and at the end of the season it is highly likely that Milan will move on from Pioli.

A strong signal would be necessary from the owners and management to show the fans that they are committed to winning and in the short term too, with Antonio Conte perhaps the name capable of rekindling enthusiasm.

Thiago Motta would also be looked upon favourably by supporters because his work at Bologna – who are in the mix for a top four spot – plus his style of play is something that cannot fail to be taken into consideration by Zlatan Ibrahimović, Giorgio Furlani, Geoffrey Moncada and Antonio D’Ottavio .

Finally, Roberto De Zerbi is a name that would also generate plenty of enthusiasm but he is in the sights of some big names in the Premier League and it seems difficult for him to arrive.


Tags AC Milan Antonio Conte Thiago Motta


  1. I’d have some enthusiasm and trepidation with Motta.

    I’d be very pessimistic if it was Conte.

    I’d be perfectly happy if we committed to Pioli. He’s doing fine overall.

    1. Right on point. 😃

      But I’ll go for De Zerbi over Pioli next season.
      I don’t know of Motta, since I’ve barely watched his games.

      Pioli certainly has some limitations that cripples his team from time to time.
      Let’s see what he does with Atalanta and Rennes.

      1. Pioli can stay if we
        a) win Atalanta, Lazio, Inter & Juve
        b) don’t lose in Serie A
        c) reach EL final and
        d) finish in TOP3.

        Easypeasy. 🙂

      2. While I think they’ll change the coach in the summer, I don’t really agree that they need to. If they want to change direction or style sure I get it, but buyer beware. Pioli can be frustrating but so are every other coach including the next coach we hire…our beloved Carletto too. Remember him not rotating… just like Pioli? Pioli is doing great imo.
        However of the two…I’d take Motta. I’ve seen more in his team than DeZebri and Ive watched both.

        1. True, true… I actually do remember the frustration with Carletto on his final year as he ALWAYS played the (wrong) players match after match. So yes, despite the trophies etc. I wasn’t happy with him.

          1. Right, and then after Ancelotti we got the best up and coming manager at the time (Allegri) …sounds familiar? Later on we also got Montella and Giampaolo, two rising stars at the time too. Spent over a decade in the abyss, we finally got a good, winning coach and it just boggles my mind that we want a change.
            Again, not saying a change wouldn’t do good. Just buyer beware and really look at what we already have.
            Btw who is your pick BB?

          2. “Btw who is your pick BB?”

            If Pioli was capable of learning new tricks and tactics, him. But he’s not so…

            I’ll start with who I don’t want. Conte. Overrated and expensive. And demands/requires even more expensive players. And he’d only stay for 2 years. Pass. No to gattusos, abates, shevchenkos etc. too.

            Motta? De Zerbi? Either of them would be fine. Sure, Motta is a “rising star” and we’ve had great experiences with those types recently but he has done remarkable things with Bologna. Imagine if he could raise the level of this team as much as he has done to Bologna’s.

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