Report: Leonardo close to returning as director responsible for the technical area, agreement said to have been found

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Leonardo at the UEFA headquarters on March 15, 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
Leonardo at the UEFA headquarters on March 15, 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

Leonardo Araujo is ready to return to Milan as the man in charge of the technical area, so it remains to be seen what this means for Massimo Mirabelli.

The new Milan is taking shape: Marco Fassone was removed from his role as the club CEO, and until a new one is appointed (Umberto Gandini and Ivan Gazidis are the man candidates), Paolo Scaroni, the new President of Milan, will act as the Managing Director.

There are also changes upcoming in the area of the technical zone. And according to Sky Italia’s Peppe Di Stefano, Leonardo Araujo is ready to return to the club as the director responsible for the technical area of Milan.

Leonardo is an ex-Milan player, director and coach, but he famously left the club to go coach Inter in 2010. The Curva Sud had released a statement stating that they do not want the Brazilian back as he ‘betrayed’ the Rossoneri colors and ‘spat’ on them, but Elliott see him as the right man.

Di Stefano believes that in the last hour a final agreement was reached between Milan and Leonardo, who worked as a director of Paris Saint-Germain from 2011 to 2013. Sky claims that this does not necessarily mean that Massimiliano Mirabelli will immediately leave the club; he could stay as a consultant for the current transfer market, as he’s already begun a string of negotiations.

The official announcement should arrive sometimes in the next week. Once Leonardo is finally back, Milan will finally be able to move in the transfer market, which closes in Italy on August 17th.

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Milanista121
Milanista121
2 years ago

What do you guys think of this, is he the right man? He got us pato, Silva, and Kaka, yes, but those were due to him being a scout on the south american market if I’m not mistaken. Why not try to get back Braida? He’s the main man.

Ali
Ali
2 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Bringing Braida back is somehow impossible. Why would he risk a good and fruitful job in Barcelona to come back amid radical changes and turmoil?
But I do not think Leonardo is the right guy. There are many technical directors with better resumes. But let’s see.

Rikimaru Tenchu
Rikimaru Tenchu
2 years ago
Reply to  Ali

I agree with you.

Milanista121
Milanista121
2 years ago
Reply to  Ali

, True, although considering his Milan past, perhaps he’d come back, nostalgia is a thing after all!
I feel the same about Leonardo, but as you said, lets see.

, yes true, i kind of said the same thing in a previous post, but not as elaborately as you said lol. I hope you’re right about Leonardo, I somehow feel like it’s a gamble. Anyone knows why he didnt last so long at PSG and what he has been up to since then?

nice to see some discussions back here on this blog!!

nick
nick
2 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Mirabelli has failed miserably in my opinion especially buy spending all of $200m of risky players in one season. Despite Montella’s advise, Kalinic was a risk that even Mirabelli was not confident about but he signed him anyway knowing that Milan needed to make a UCL spot. Andre Silva was a big unproven gamble and for $38m wasn’t a smart buy again due to our aim of qualifying for a UCL place. We needed proven 20+ goals per season strikers. Bonucci was not needed since we spent all of the previous season chasing Musacchio to partner with Romagnoli. $42m wasted.… Read more »

Calm down
Calm down
2 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

I don’t know why people are doubting Leo as much but as far as a am concerned he has at least a little in every aspect of the sport.. from working with us as a player, scout, coach (coaching some NT as well if I am not wrong) to being a director of a club starting a big project. Of course his success as a director matters and I don’t know why left Psg but his work there doesn’t look a bad one. I’m confident his methods are very modern. Braida, Giuntoli and others could be better choices but perhaps… Read more »

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
2 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Braida 100%.

Leonardo also has the experience, but not so sure about him. I don’t know how well his South American connections are these days. And he has that Inter stincth that can cause friction between the fans.

Although Mirabelli failed in a big way, he did get some things right like Hakan and Gatusso. I would consider giving him another shot if he’s indeed on exactly the same page as Gatusso as it is claim. Sometimes not having the best guys on the job, but still ones that cooperate 100%, is enough to do the trick.

Milan Wins
Milan Wins
2 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

Gattuso? You must be joking. The only reason that ass Mirabelli gave an unproven, cement -headed, non-rotational, technically deficient coach a three year contract, was because of their Calabrian connection. Bearing in mind that Sarri, Conte and Donadoni will be available at the end of the season.

Gattuso is not the coach to revive Milan and if Elliott does not replace him, by December he will be gone!

Benny
Benny
2 years ago

Comment:I patiently wait for curva sud reaction to this. I prefer Mirabelli to Leo. How is Leo the right man. hmmmm…… interesting times at Milan. forza Milan

Joe
Joe
2 years ago

Leo is the right choice. He has tons of connections and I expect to see some Brazilian talents start coming to Milan again. In my opinion, this is an exciting time for Milan after years of disappointments. Elliott is a huge and financially stable company, inlike the Chinese or Berlusconi.

Calm down
Calm down
2 years ago

Reading through Gattuso’s words about Bonucci ,it might be that the player is asking for a winning team. As much as that’s what we are all looking for, he though as a professional has no right to directly demand that. I think he should humbly work, show his winning side, be an example – that’s if the player has the heart to be there in good and bad times, and if this is lacking then the individual should leave or at least not be our captain.

Gman
Gman
2 years ago
Reply to  Calm down

That’s what you get when you buy a diva

AKHIL
AKHIL
2 years ago

Guys let’s have joy anyway at last we have strong economical background which allows us to make a strong team upfront … If 2-3 big names leave it is only for our good so we don’t get inside ffp rules… Let’s wait to see some positive forza Milan from India

rodrick alexander
rodrick alexander
2 years ago

i supported Leonado, he bring us a lot talent of south america players, he never make mistake when he choose player forza milan

Sheva
Sheva
2 years ago

I like this appointment even more so because it will piss of curva sud. Leonardo is a smart guy and he has eye for talents.
Curva sud you can screw yourselfs.

Gman
Gman
2 years ago
Reply to  Sheva

They will probably protest.

joe
joe
2 years ago
Reply to  Sheva

Curva is just a bunch of morons that think they own and run Milan. I like Leonardo and I think he will do well. They are the ones who insulted Maldini on his last day, what a bunch of losers.

Sheva
Sheva
2 years ago
Reply to  joe

They insulted Maldini, Pirlo and even Seedorf in a short time he was a coach.
Disrespectful bunch of morons as you said, and if they protest rest of the fans should make known that they don’t represent us.

Bajan Milanatic
Bajan Milanatic
2 years ago

I fully support the return of Leonardo to Milan. He has an eye for talent but he also understands what player attributes are best suited for a league like Serie A. I hope he comes back and does a marvelous job.
Forza Milan