One of the reasons that Paolo Maldini was dismissed from his role at AC Milan was because of the tense relationship that developed with Stefano Pioli, a report claims.
Today’s edition of Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) talks about the disagreements between Maldini and Pioli. Doubts gradually crept into the director’s thoughts, up to the idea of Pioli being sacked after the dreadful defeat in the away game against Spezia.
The face to face discussion between the Curva Sud and the team at the end of the game is clearly something that suggested Pioli might not be the one to lead the squad forward.
The progressive distancing of Maldini from Pioli’s work also had an influence, but ultimately it was entirely Gerry Cardinale’s decision and other factors also came into the call to sack him from his role.
Maldini did not appreciate the way the playing style seemingly declined, while the new signings like Charles De Ketelaere, Sergino Dest, Divock Origi, Aster Vranckx and Yacine Adli barely played.
While Maldini thought that Pioli had failed to integrate them properly, RedBird judged the signings to be Maldini’s failure.