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AC Milan Add World Cup Winning Coach To The List Of Possible Replacement For Stefano Pioli

Written By Onyeka Daniel

With just two games left before the end of the current campaign, Italian giants, AC Milan are already hard at work at finding a coach to take charge of the team for next season as they look to move on from their current manager, Stefano Pioli, believing that he can’t take the team any further.

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Reportedly, Paulo Fonseca is still the top of Milan’s list in their search for a new head coach, but talks have also been opened with World Cup winner Lionel Scaloni, reports detail.


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After the whole debacle with Julen Lopetegui, where the club management had seemingly reached an agreement with the Spanish coach, but had to abandon that plan after protest from their fans.

Now, Lille’s Fonseca has now emerged as the leading candidate for the job, surpassing competition from Sergio Conceicao, Mark van Bommel, Vincenzo Italiano and more, but no final decision has been made yet, leaving things unclear heading into the summer break.

A recent report from Gazzetta dello Sport details how the Rossoneri have been in contact with the agents of Argentina coach Scaloni, interested in the idea of appointing the 2022 World Cup winner. No face-to-face meeting has been held yet and he’ll be away at the Copa America until July 14th.

Whilst Fonseca is still top of the list, the Rossoneri are open to other candidates including Marcelo Gallardo and Graham Potter. Not in consideration are Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri, neither considered in line with the project in the Lombardy capital.

Things are expected to become clearer in the coming days, but Milan will have to move quickly for Fonseca if they hope to secure his signature as another French club is rumored to be interested in him while he also has admirers in the English Premier League.

Meanwhile…

Napoli coach Francesco Calzona tried to explain the ‘catastrophe’ at the club, admitting he likely ‘underestimated the situation’ in the Campania capital. The Partenopei again disappointed in their Serie A outing on Friday evening, dropping points in a tense 2-2 draw away to Fiorentina.

This result that leaves them ninth in the league table with one match left to play. Calzona took over as Napoli’s caretaker coach back in February, retaining his role with the Slovakia national team whilst also trying to help out the Partenopei.

He’ll return to the Sokoli on a permanent basis following the end of the Serie A season, drawing a close to a difficult three months in Campania. Speaking in a press conference after the 2-2 draw with Fiorentina, Calzona first discussed what he’ll be leaving behind at the club after his exit at the end of the campaign.

“I won’t go into detail, the club must know this, I don’t give advice. I was called to improve the situation and I wasn’t able to do it, I take responsibility. I took a team 9th in the table and that’s what we are.

“However, I arrived after the season had started and already after a week of training camp there was already controversy. Since they told me that I don’t coach the team, I’ll say that in these almost three months I am to blame.

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“Evidently, I didn’t make an impact and I’m sorry, but Napoli’s season had started seven and a half months earlier. And I say this as a Napoli fan, after a week the controversy started.” He was then asked If he’d failed in his role with Napoli and the difficulties he’s faced.

“My management has kept the team in the same position, and I take responsibility. I shouldn’t be the only one… I didn’t expect all these problems, of course, I did not expect a catastrophe that’s not only on the pitch but in general.

“I didn’t only have to think about training, as would be my job, but many other things and no one told me anything about that. Maybe I underestimated the situation because I didn’t know it.” He further added.

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