Tuttosport: Three young head coaches on Milan’s list ahead of the summer

By Oliver Fisher -

It is being widely reported that Stefano Pioli has never been this much at risk of losing his job as AC Milan head coach, and the management are beginning to think of potential replacements.

Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) writes that it will be a Christmas of profound reflections at Milan. Zlatan Ibrahimović will give his point of view on the situation to CEO Giorgio Furlani, technical director Geoffrey Moncada and sporting director Antonio D’Ottavio regarding the coaching situation.

Milan’s desire to continue with Pioli for the time being, however, does not mean that the coach will not be constantly under pressure. A bad result against Sassuolo, Cagliari (in the Coppa Italia) and/or Empoli could force a decision.

Pioli could also be put in a difficult position if the decision is made to sack certain figures within his staff, given the constant injury problems, because he will not be able to intervene too much but might see some trusted collaborators depart.

Ignazio Abate is a potential caretaker in the event that the leadership are forced to remove Pioli early, but then from the summer there are three longer-term options that Furlani and co. like: Thiago Motta (Bologna), Vincenzo Italiano (Fiorentina) and Francesco Farioli (OGC Nice).

Tags AC Milan Francesco Farioli Thiago Motta Vincenzo Italiano


  1. Vincenzo Italiano Is just another Pioli jut younger, why not spend more money on salary and bring a good coach like De Zerbi or Xabi from Bayern L? Motta seems like a promising coach but is very much a gamble and the guy from Nice I can’t say I heard of him or known him.

    1. Every coach is a gamble. Capello was coaching the primavera no one thought he would do better than Arrigo Sacchi.

      It would be wise to take a chance with any of these coaches. Conte sucks and he has a bad track record at Spurs and for being a nut case when things don’t go his way.

      1. Bad track record at spurs = 3rd highest ppg for spurs in the 21st century. Only villas boas and Poc had higher. And guess what, they also didnt win anything there.

        Spurs are a loser club even Murinho says so

    2. U are absolutely right, i thought italiano was modern attacking coach but watching fiorentina-roma changed my mind, they had +2 players on the field when roma got 2 red cards,and still they played defensive like nothing happened,everybody behind the ball as if roma had +2 players …he didnt even tried to bring at least one more attacker on the field,pathetic play it was

      1. I think because of some things I said to @Boulden which eventually got deleted. After that I am not able to comment on this website using one of my device, I tried switching account too.
        It’s not the first time it happened

    1. Alonso i making miracles in getmany. I font.know if he is willing to leave the current club or join a team in italy. But he would be great.

    1. They are not that bad considering that they have sold 3 best players which 2 of them were central midfielder ,but i think chelsea or united will take de zerbi very soon

  2. I fell like given our financial parameters and proclivity to develop young players, Thiago Motta would be our top choice.

    Can Ibra talk him into it?

  3. Motta is the pick of the bunch.

    His teams have a defensive substance the teams of RDZ and Italiano lack.

    I think the jump is too much for Palladino right now. Palladino is the equivalent of that 20 yo who isn’t ready for Real but signs for the money and prestige only to stall his career sitting on the bench. He’s clearly a good coach but he’s also been given the keys to a good squad, a point which seems to go largely unacknowledged. It was a big story for Monza to finish 10th in its first season but it wasn’t as though they outperformed by more than a few spots on the table based on squad quality. It was a squad expertly put together for the Seire A by veterans who have done it all before. Palladino hasn’t been though enough, he’s not really tested.

    Look at Spezia post Motta. They’re went down straight away and are now relegation threatened in the Serie B when they pretty comfortably survived Serie A under Motta.

    The development of the Bologna squad has been quite remarkable, all the more so because they’re not just going for broke as Frosinone do, playing an unsustainable attacking style. They have old fashioned, hard nosed approach to modern tactics and styles. It’s title winning not finishing school soccer but it’s still produced break out seasons all over the pitch (Zirkzee and Calafiori are the pick of the bunch for me).

    I still can’t work out if RDZ’s feats get anywhere near the hype. He took over a Brighton system that was a well oiled machine with excellent scouting for players both to stay competitive but also for sale. They’ve clearly got a top 10 squad and we’re doing well under Potter when he got promoted to Chelsea. RDZ’s career is more Palladino than it is Motta or even Italiano, who have started on the bottom and genuinely overperformed in the absence of resources.

    1. Impressive. I like watching RDZs Brighton, im think drop in form is playing in. Europe.

      You however have convinced me that its Motta.

      Good post!

    2. I should say I can’t take Farioli seriously.

      Half a season of overachievenent does not make a no name ready to coach one of the biggest clubs in the world.

  4. Thiago Motta, by far. Zlatan would work well with him. Players would be happy and would fight hard. No one cares to fight for pioli and the same would happen under a veteran snobby coach like Conte.

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