Written By Onyeka Daniel

It seems like it’s only a matter of time before Italian giants, AC Milan announce the appointment of their new manager and barring any last minute change, it will be Paulo Fonseca, but the choice has been a rather unpopular one.

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Club legend, Arrigo Sacchi, in his opinion, said he expected better from the club, while former Napoli and Lazio coach, Maurizio Sarri revealed that he was disappointed not be contacted by the club for the job. Now, there’s another criticism of the appointment of the former Roma and Lille coach.

Former Roma full back Vincent Candela was not too impressed with the imminent arrival of Fonseca at Milan, believing the club deserve a more successful coach. The 51-year-old Portuguese coach has left his post with Lille and is expected to be announced by the Rossoneri in the coming days, ready to start a new project following the conclusion of Stefano Pioli’s five years at the helm.

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The appointment of Fonseca has divided the Rossoneri fans, with some hopeful of the future and others concerned about his relative lack of success in the dugout, not remembering his time with Roma too fondly. ‘Milan deserve better’ Candela said in an interview with Tuttosport, where he first weighed in on Fonseca’s expected appointment at Milan.

“It won’t be easy for him, Pioli did well, he won, he built a team and in these they have been a protagonist in the last three years of the Champions League. It won’t be easy for him to succeed at Milan either.” The former Roma full back reflected on the Portuguese coach’s time in the Italian capital.

“I didn’t always like what I saw. At the beginning of every game, he always changed, a lot, maybe even too much. He made the players rotate a lot. I don’t know if it’s good for the team or not, I honestly didn’t like it, I prefer to start with 11 starters, then there’s the bench.“

At Roma however, a lot has changed… He is certainly an experienced coach, who has done a lot and has always done his work. But coaching Milan is a great responsibility, Milan are Milan. They always aim high.”

Finally, Candela suggested he wouldn’t have chosen Fonseca to take over at the Rossoneri. “With all due respect to Fonseca, Milan deserve a coach like Conte. The level must be that, a high level when talking about certain clubs. They are a team that deserve coaches who have won something more in their careers.” He further added.


Milan continue to be linked with amove for Alessandro Buongiorno and they have an offer ready to send to Torino, according to a report from Italy. They are likely to make changes to the defensive department given that they conceded 68 goals in 52 matches across all competitions last season, at an average of 1.3 goals conceded per match.

It has often been reported that Buongiorno of Torino is the dream centre-back target, but his price tag is very high and there is a lot of competition, in addition to the fact that Urbano Cairo suggested he will not consider offers. According to the latest from SportMediaset, the Milan management are preparing an offer to Torino for Buongiorno and it will be a player-plus-cash deal rather than just a simple bid.

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The proposal will be €25m plus Alexis Saelemaekers as a counterpart. The Belgian winger Is unlikely to be bought permanently by Bologna after his loan there and would therefore to base, but Milan already have Christian Pulisic and Samuel Chukwueze in that area of the pitch and thus he would be free to leave.

Saelemaekers seems to be a profile that appeals to Torino and he could prove to be the ace up Milan’s sleeve to allow them to beat the competition and land the Granata captain. They can also offer Alessandro Florenzi too as the former Roma man is said to be on his way out of the club, because of the imminent appointment of Fonseca.

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