BLOG ITALIA
Friday October 11 2019
Stop waiting for someone to save Milan

Fans have turned on Milan management again after Stefano Pioli replaced Marco Giampaolo, as Vijay Rahaman urges supporters to stop seeking a saviour.

Marco Giampaolo was dismissed from his post at the Rossoneri after just 111 days. For those unfamiliar, that cricket score is called a Nelson after Admiral Nelson, who as the legend had it, had ‘one eye, one arm and one leg’ at the end of his existence. This was however, later debunked as false, as the Englishman never lost a leg. The same can't be said for the Swiss-born Giampaolo, as after three wins and four losses in seven games, he was relieved of his duties on Tuesday afternoon.

No sooner had multiple media outlets run with Stefano Pioli being on the verge of taking over the seven times European champions, than the hashtag #PioliOut had begun trending on the peninsula and elsewhere around the world. The former Lazio, Bologna and Inter Coach had seen his recent jobs terminated early due to poor results. What exactly has Il Diavolo's management seen in Pioli?

He has never won a senior team trophy in a 16-year managerial career since retiring as a player after stints with the likes of hometown club Parma, Juventus and Fiorentina among others. His best coaching experience was arguably at Lazio, when he guided them to a third-place finish in 2015 and a Champions League play-off place. It was an opportunity they eventually failed to capitalise on after losing to Bayer Leverkusen 3-1, despite winning the first leg in Rome.

As seems to happen all too often with Milan, the Ultras released a statement, and as expected, it was damning of the management. There were several issues highlighted of course, but what was telling was the use of the word ‘weakness.’ “The thing that leaves us disconcerted is that the club, who had chosen a different Coach for our bench, without even telling the old tactician that he had been fired, then moved on to a second choice. That highlighted the WEAKNESS of this club in failing yet again to achieve the target it really wanted.”

Another trending topic has been the #SaveACMilan hashtag, which was first used to beg an investor to purchase the club from Silvio Berlusconi. They needed Elliott Management to save them from Yonghong Li and, as Ivan Gazidis noted in his Press conference, bankruptcy. Now fans want saving from the saviours of their previous saviour.

That situation is playing out on the bench and also on the pitch, where the clamour for new signings quickly wanes after a few poor performances and more purchases are called for, yet more changes, as if there is The One who can magically transform Milan back to the Champions League winning side of a over decade ago.

No amount of past glories returning to San Siro as Coaches or directors will turn back the clock. Milanisti need to accept this is no longer that club and it doesn’t need saving, it just has to change and grow at a realistic pace.

Have your say...
What a trash article. Spoke a lot without saying anything. Complete waste of space.
on the 14th October, 2019 at 12:49pm
Wow what milan fans thinking who they are by these hashtags. Pioli is such a shrewd appointment if it does workout. Milan is in mid crisis; to answer to that they knife out some signings and this is where giampaolo failed to understand and justifyingly being sacked. May i suggest a rolemodel to pioli to go for? Simple play like a small team no burden over head. All question mark will wipeout if they play two strikers upfront. Suso or paqueta? Take the burden of trequartista and perform dude!
on the 12th October, 2019 at 11:44am
Or maybe, don't tell us what to do.
on the 12th October, 2019 at 11:30am
Inconsistent while at Milan he has done nothing. As for Suso when and how did he become a key player? For Spain he is the ordinary predictable player that I know he is compared to the others with far more variety in their game. Dynamism is really required in the middle of the park. They need far better than what’s there. Italy seems to have a renaissance of midfielders why is Milan not looking at some of these players. All their midfielders are workman like. Get some players with real skill in.
on the 12th October, 2019 at 10:42am
did at Udinese with huge turn over of players, he does seem a good manager unless of course Udinese are his good luck charm and he is no good elsewhere. I do agree that Milan badly need to use their pacy players as the likes of leao, Rebic(good runner with the ball but lacks composure), Hernandez etc need to be used more. I also concur with those that say Suso and Calhanoglu should be dropped and indeed sold. I have only seen Calhanoglu play consistently well for Hamburg. At Bayer he was
on the 12th October, 2019 at 10:27am
Contrary to some of the things that I read on here, I think players are the most important bit, coaches, I am not a fan of even though some have their uses. I’ve always thought a manager or coach can stop a great squad from winning big finals through their tactics. Not sure what is expected of Maldini and Boban as all we know of them for sure is that they were great players. I have no idea what Nedved and zanetti do or what they bring to their clubs. As for Pioli meh. Considering what Guidolin
on the 12th October, 2019 at 10:18am
I agreed with the other article by Suzy, and feel this one is superfluous. 
on the 12th October, 2019 at 8:33am
Wow, football italia really has reached the bottom of the barrel with this deep dive analysis that's about as thin as parchment paper. What makes you think anybody accomplished wants to coach at Milan with a team that has FFP concerns, took the exemption from Europe to avoid further sanctions, that's in desperate need of matchday revenue and has next to zero chance of reaching top 4 where the market pool cash from UEFA broadcasting would enable the club to reach for top level talent? Get a clue.
on the 12th October, 2019 at 4:18am
I just want to see Maldini's Heir face the music and finally admit that Suso is a one-trick pony who needs to be sold, or at least dropped to the bench, STAT. Not continuously started, not made the player whose limitations dictate the formation and, above all else, NOT renewed on the ridiculous €6m Euros wage he's asking for.
on the 12th October, 2019 at 2:03am
that would be less good but no worse than any of the previous 6 seasons. The only thing I want to see is if Pioli can get more out of this squad. I want to see just how good Donnarumma, Romagnoli, Paquetá and Leão are. I want to see if Piątek was just a one-season-wonder. I want to see if Conti, Musacchio, Rodriguez, Biglia, Çalhanoğlu and Rebić can reproduce their previous form at other clubs. I want to see if Pioli can get the most out of Suso. Then we can make a proper assessment.
on the 12th October, 2019 at 12:44am
I'm tired about talking about Milan and would rather just wait to see how things play out. Ultimately nobody knows what will happen. All we can do is look to history to try and figure out what might happen. It is a fact that Pioli took a Lazio side that had finished 9th to 3rd. He also won 12 of his first 16 Serie A matches with Inter. So if he does that again for Milan then that would be a good result. If he does what he did in his second season at Lazio or in his last few games at Inter then
on the 12th October, 2019 at 12:38am
We do need saving! Bernard Arnault can you hear me?
on the 11th October, 2019 at 10:30pm
The problem with Milan is they don't have a true leader in the backroom staff. Maldini as a player was my hero and I still have faith in him, but Milan need someone to take charge who isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers with a vision to make Milan great again. Berlusconi despite his flaws was at least a born leader and could build great things. That's what Milan need, a true visionary and a leader who can build the right backroom staff as I believe we have the players to finish top 4 easily.
on the 11th October, 2019 at 10:29pm
“No amount of past glories returning to San Siro as Coaches or directors will turn back the clock.”
Really Mr. Rahaman ? Please explain to us how you came up with this undisputable statement when you don’t really have to look too hard to find evidence to the contrary?
Guardiola, Conte, Ancelotti, Klopp … should I keep going or you get my point?

This whole article sounds like oh well, don’t wait for the doctor to save you, just adjust yourself to that internal bleeding.
It’s simply that stupid.
on the 11th October, 2019 at 8:40pm
Hey Pinturicchio. I understand that you are still bitter due to the fact that Juventus was rightfully relegated to Serie B due to bribing refs, and that's the main reason why you hate Inter, but your double standards are getting old. In a previous article, you said that you'd expect the Giampaolo sack and Pioli appointment from a joke of a club like Inter, and not Milan. Now, here you are defending Milan and bashing an article that hits the nail right on the head.
on the 11th October, 2019 at 5:33pm
MG got himself fired when he dropped his formation after game one.The transfer market was built around the 4-3-1-2.We didn't get all the right players in one window but we had a direction.Maldini & Boban can't be blamed for what MG did.However,if they hired Pioli without the guarantee that he'll play that system(or something close) with the right players then they should be blamed.I won't judge Pioli yet but some concerns after his conference.It's a big risk considering Ranieri was available.
on the 11th October, 2019 at 4:18pm
This idiotic, rehash of a blog is made superfluous by another blog titled "Pioli set up as just another Milan flop".

Click to the top right-hand corner of this page for the same.
on the 11th October, 2019 at 4:04pm
It has to be a long term project but it will never get off the ground if the coach isn't allowed to implement their philosophy. That said, the coach also has to make the "brave" choice to drop the team's dead weight regardless of whatever supposed clout the players hold (Suso/Hakan). Leao has been great. Paqueta has the potential. Piatek can come good again with proper service. Roma & Donna are the foundation. Give them a clear and consistent gameplan and let them all grow and build together.
on the 11th October, 2019 at 3:24pm
I don't understand the point of this article... I don't think any Milanisti are expecting an overnight turn in fortune of this club, and all would be alright with a gradual rise back to prominence. But that's just it - current administration doesn't have a sound plan to do just that, as was evident in the Giampaolo firing and Pioli's appointment - No Long Term Plan for the club. And this is under the management of club legends Maldini and Boban. It's just poorly run at present.
on the 11th October, 2019 at 2:48pm

Post new comment

Your email address is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
If you have your own website, enter its address here.
Maximum 500 characters.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
Your responses will be moderated, and sometimes edited, by Football Italia before appearing on the site. Your data may be made public and you accept our Privacy Policy. Please keep your comments clean and try to keep them relevant to the blog above. We reserve the right to reject views that we deem unsuitable for publication.