Antonio Conte’s state at the national team is something Milan are believed to be watching carefully as the list of possible replacements for coach Filippo Inzaghi gets longer every day.
Milan have only won three games in 2015 and are 8 points behind Fiorentina in 6th – which is probably (depends on who you ask) the last position that ensures qualification to European competitions.
It’s fair to say that Inzaghi has failed to meet the pre-season expectations and while he’s not expected to be sacked before the end of the season, he is also unlikely to be kept around unless something amazing happens.
Mihajlovic and Sarri have appeared to be the frontrunners in recent weeks but there are new rumours everyday about the identity of the next Milan boss and according to Milannews.it, the recent developments in Conte’s Italy adventure are something that the Rossoneri are watching.
It’s reported that Conte is reconsidering his steps and is thinking about leaving after Italy secure qualification to the 2016 Euro’s, due to a number of tense situations that have been created because of him, most recently yesterday when Juventus’ John Elkann attacked him over working the players too hard in training, putting the blame on him for the injury of Claudio Marchisio. Conte has even received death threats from fans online, according to FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio.
Milannews.it reports that Milan remain attentive as they’ve always liked Conte; there were also talks of an agreement between the sides before Antonio went on to become the Azzurri coach. It is even claimed that Bee Taechaubol and Mr. Pink, Poe Qiu Ying Wang Shuo, who are said to be interested in buying shares of Milan from Berlusconi, would welcome the idea of signing Conte.
Other men to have joined the list of candidates, or have rejoined, are Sevilla’s Unai Emery (as reported by il Corriere dello Sport), who was also approached by Milan last season, and Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim (according to Marca). Walter Mazzarri’s name has too been thrown into the mix.
Montella and Di Francesco have been mentioned in this context as well. Berlusconi and Galliani will make the decision at the end of the season but the rumours will keep flying around.