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Pioli’s Replacement! Fonseca Now Free, But Milan May Be Having Other Ideas

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Italian giants, AC Milan have been without a head coach for just over a week now, following the departure of Stefano Pioli on May 26, and they’re expected to name his replacement soon, but it looks like there could be a new twist.

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Pioli had been in charge of Milan for just shy of five full seasons, having replaced Marco Giampaolo in October 2019. He had been in charge during for Milan’s first Scudetto win in 11 years during the 2021-22 season.


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His supposed replacement, Paulo Fonseca is now free to take up the post after officially leaving his post as head coach of Ligue 1 side Lille amidst reports that he is set to take charge of the Rossoneri in Serie A ahead of the start of the 2024-25 campaign.

“Paulo Fonseca, coach of les Douges since the summer of 2022, is leaving LOSC at the enf of the 2023-24 season,” a statement from the French club read. They continued: “The President and the entire club thank Paulo Fonseca for the last two years of passion and cooperation. Good luck Paulo.”

Gazzetta dello Sport reported earlier in the week that Milan are in the process of completing the final details of Fonseca’s contract ahead of a potential announcement in the coming weeks.

There have, however, been reports from Rai recently suggesting that the Rossoneri have been in contact with former Juventus tactician Massimiliano Allegri over a possible last-minute appointment.

The 56-year-old left the Old Lady in rather dramatic circumstances last month, being sacked less than 48 hours after guiding the club to their 15th Coppa Italia title with a win over Atalanta in the final.

A separate report from Rai Sport also alleges that Milan have been in contact with Allegri to explore the idea of a possible appointment, despite the heavy assumption that Fonseca would take over in the dugout after Stefano Pioli’s exit.

He is able to take on a new job after agreeing a mutual contract termination with Juventus, closing the door on possible legal action against the club.

Meanwhile…

Lazio are working on terminating the contract of Igor Tudor after recent meetings failed to diffuse the tension between the coach and the club. The 46-year-old took over at the Biancocelesti back in March following the shock resignation of Maurizio Sarri, who felt his three-year spell at the helm had come to an early end.

This forced a mid-season change, but notwithstanding, Tudor did fairly well in his 11 matches in charge of Lazio, guiding the club to a seventh-place finish and Europa League qualification after six wins and three draws across Serie A and the Coppa Italia. He had signed a one-year contract with an option for a second.

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According to the report from Gianluca Di Marzio, the Croatian coach has decided to leave Lazio after failing to find common ground with president Claudio Lotito and sporting director Angelo Fabiani when discussing the future of the project in the Italian capital.

His contract will be terminated shortly, forcing the Biancocelesti to quickly find a replacement. One option is Marco Baroni, who is ready to leave Hellas Verona; he had a meeting with Monza CEO Adriano Galliani on Tuesday night to discuss a possible move to the club.

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