Marco Giampaolo’s hours at Milan seem to be numbered as the management have grown tired over the lack of results, lackluster play and overall management.
Milan managed to get the win over Genoa at Stadio Luigi Ferraris last night as after an awful first-half performance, coach Marco Giampaolo made two substitutions, bringing on Lucas Paquetá and Rafael Leão in the places of the disappointing Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Krzysztof Piątek.
Paquetá and Leão changed the game for the Rossoneri and inspired them for a comeback, as Theo Hernández (51′), Franck Kessié (57′ pk) overturned Lasse Schöne’s goal (41′). Milan had a one-man advantage from the 56′ minute, when Davide Davide Biraschi got a red card to the 79′ minute, when Davide Calabria was sent off.
The Diavolo eventually got the win, after Pepe Reina saved a last-minute Schöne penalty, but overall it was once again a very ugly and unconvincing Milan side. The Rossoneri directors did not hide their dissatisfaction during the game: Paolo Maldini did not return to the stands after the first half, while Zvonimir Boban left the pitch 15 minutes before the final whistle of referee Maurizio Mariani.
The season under Giampaolo has so far been one prolonged nightmare for the Milan fans, as they find their team in 13th place with 9 points after 7 rounds of football. The squad has never managed to play convincing football and the promises of Giampaolo’s ‘beautiful Calcio’ have been unfulfilled.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Milannews.it and Sky Italia (Gianluca Di Marzio and Peppe Di Stefano) are reporting that Milan are seriously considering to sack Giampaolo in the next few days, despite last night’s win. Antonio Vitiello of MN claims that the former Sampdoria coach is getting closer to being sacked. It’s not just a question of results, but of the difficulty of carrying out his idea of the game after three months of work, the fact that Giampaolo’s choices were always questionable and confusing, and that he never gave the impression of being able to turn things around.
Milannews.it reports that the candidates to replace Giampaolo are Luciano Spalletti, Rudi Garcia and Stefano Pioli. Di Marzio adds that there has also been contact with Marcelino but it’s unlikely an agreement will be pursued with the Spanish coach. Di Stefano claims that Pioli and Spalletti are in pole position to become the new Milan coach, while there has been no contact with Gennaro Gattuso.
Since Allegri left Milan in 2014, Milan have had seven different coaches. Number 8 looks set to soon arrive, as Giampaolo – as things currently stand – is not expected to be at Milan for much longer.