REVEALED: Sacked AC Milan manager Marco Giampaolo will be replaced by Stefano Pioli after former president Silvio Berlusconi told Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban they’d made a mistake in hiring the coach
- Marco Giampaolo was sacked as AC Milan coach on Tuesday evening
- It follows a poor start to the Serie A season that sees them 13th in the table
- Stefano Pioli is the favourite to take over the post at the San Siro
- Ex-president Silvio Berlusconi intervened to suggest Giampaolo be dismissed
- He spoke to Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban following loss to Inter Milan
Marco Giampaolo has paid the price for AC Milan’s dreadful start to the season after the intervention of former president Silvio Berlusconi.
Milan sit 13th in the Serie A table, having lost four of their opening seven fixtures, including a 2-0 defeat by rivals Inter.
Giampaolo’s dismissal after just seven matches in charge comes after conversations between Berlusconi and the club’s chief football officer Zvonimir Boban and technical director Paolo Maldini. It is the shortest reign in the club’s history.
AC Milan manager Marco Giampaolo has been sacked following a poor start to the season
Stefano Pioli is the frontrunner to replace Giampaolo as Milan coach in the coming days
The No 1 candidate to replace Giampaolo is Stefano Pioli given that Luciano Spaletti is struggling to reach agreement with Inter over severance pay following his sacking back in May.
Boban considered sacking Giampaolo immediately in the wake of their loss to Inter on September 21 but was persuaded by Maldini to give the coach one more chance.
However, Milan subsequently lost their next two matches against Torino and Fiorentina before last weekend’s 2-1 victory at Genoa.
It can be revealed that Berlusconi spoke with Boban and Maldini at length following the derby defeat by Inter and recommended Giampaolo be sacked.
Former Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi had a say in the club’s decision to dismiss Giampaolo
Berlusconi spoke to Milan’s chief football officer Zvonimir Boban (left) and technical director Paolo Maldini (right) following their derby defeat by Inter Milan last month
AC Milan’s poor start
August 25 Udinese (A) L 0-1
August 31 Brescia (H) W 1-0
September 15 Verona (A) W 1-0
September 21 Inter Milan (H) L 0-2
September 26 Torino (A) L 1-2
September 29 Fiorentina (H) L 1-3
October 5 Genoa (A) W 2-1
Giampaolo emptied his personal items from the dressing rooms at the club’s Milanello training base and informed senior players that he was set to leave before official confirmation broke.
AC Milan’s statement read: ‘AC Milan announces it has relieved Mr. Marco Giampaolo from his position as coach of the First Team.
‘The Club is grateful to Marco for the work carried out and wishes him all the best to come in his professional career.’
The experienced Pioli, last manager of Fiorentina, would turn down the Sampdoria job to accept a two-year contract at the San Siro worth €2million (£1.78m) per season.
The 83-year-old former Italian prime minister Berlusconi, who was owner of Milan between 1986 and 2017, has recently returned to the world of football by acquiring Monza.
Despite now having no links with Milan, Berlusconi was in the stands for the derby match and told Maldini and Boban afterwards they’d made a mistake in choosing Giampaolo in the summer.
AC Milan lost 2-0 to their rivals Inter in last month’s derby, one of four losses this season
In the informal and friendly conversation that started in the stands at the San Siro and continued behind the scenes, Berlusconi criticised Giampaolo for his team selections.
He was disappointed Giampaolo didn’t play the Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta and Spaniard Suso, favourites of his, and relied too much on the Argentine Mateo Musacchio.