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Can Pioli save Milan?

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With Stefano Pioli now in charge of AC Milan following the sacking of Marco Giampaolo, it remains to be seen if the new coach can last longer than his predecessor.

It doesn’t really matter whether it is Pioli or anyone else. AC Milan just cannot get their act right. Since the departure of Massimiliano Allegri all those years ago, the Rossoneri have gone through eight different managers and none of those men have been able to return the club to its previous status.

The trigger-friendly management chose to part ways with Giampaolo after a series of poor results from what they believe to be an under-performing side.

While Luciano Spalleti was the preference, Milan couldn’t agree upon a compensation package with Inter to release him from the contract. This left Stefano Pioli as the only option who comes in the club under a lesser weight of expectations.

Fans know that this is a team that has been in transition for nearly a decade and that things aren’t going to start looking up any time soon. Jumping from one failed project to another, Milan’s managerial merry go round just never stops or ceases to amaze us.

While there are people who say that Giampaolo should never have been hired, it is clear that Milan are rudderless. The former manager’s record at Empoli and Sampdoria should have been given a more closer inspection before hiring him.

But Milan did what they have been doing for several years. They gave him an opportunity, backed him in the media and all of a sudden, decided to give him the boot after not backing him in the transfer market.

And now the guns are pointing towards Pioli.

In the opening game against Udinese, Milan were not good and their ex coach pointed out at the ability of some of the summer signings not suited to his football philosophy.

While he definitely never covered himself in glory by being too careful in his approach, Giampaolo was not given sufficient time either. Zvonimir Boban was never a fan of Giampaolo while Paolo Maldini was eager to back his manager. In the end though, the duo decided that a parting of ways was the best option.

And now, they’ve appointed Stefano Pioli, a man who has always been a huge fan of Internazionale, a team that has started getting its act right in recent months.

Clearly bringing in Pioli is yet another short-term fix by a club that has no idea what it needs to do to add some stability in its overall structure. The former Bologna boss has a great chance to get back to work after leaving Fiorentina at the start of this year.

And while he may not be the greatest manager out there, Piolo is also aware that he wouldn’t be given enough time to sort out this mess of a club as evidenced by a two-year contract.

After hiring club legends and then up and coming managers, Milan are now looking at one of the most underrated coaches in the league. Piolo has done well in average environments so perhaps this could be the right move for all parties.