Beyond the public declarations that only mask the inevitable, Stefano Pioli knows perfectly well that his destiny for Milan is now sealed.
According to Monday’s edition of the newspaper Tuttosport (via MilanLive) underlines how Pioli knows that he is heading for the exit door regardless of how he ends the season.
The future of the Emilia-born coach is already resolved, and one way or another he will say goodbye to the Rossoneri at the end of the season – something he is completely aware of.
Pioli knows that he will be leaving once the current campaign ends with Ralf Rangnick most likely to arrive and take over as manager.
The coach will play for his reputation in this final straight, because a collapse would not be good for his image in view of his next job.
It is of course also true that the real judgment on his work could come now, as he if fighting for a Europa League spot so interested clubs will be seeing how he deals with pressure.