Milan crisis: Zlatan to replace Pioli?

AC Milan is in a ‘mini-crisis’ as Stefano Pioli can be sacked anytime. At the same time, there have been rumors about the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to replace the Italian manager.

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Rossoneri’s current season could have been going better in all competitions. Pioli’s side just lost to Atalanta in a 5-goal thriller Milan find themselves nine points below Serie A leaders Inter after a 3-2 loss against Atalanta on Saturday. Meanwhile, they risk leaving the UEFA Champions League in the Group stage after this week’s trip to Newcastle United.

Pioli out? Milan is in crisis

After the defeat to Atalanta, news was flying around about the replacement for Pioli.

Even if many Milan fans on social media call for the Italian manager’s sacking, Pioli is under fire.

According to La Repubblica, Milan talks over the return of Ibrahimovic, which will also cover potentially acting as a caretaker manager with Ignazio Abate in case Stefano Pioli is sacked.

The legendary striker hung his boots last season and enjoyed moments of tears flooding as home fans attended his farewell.

Ibrahimovic has been in confirmed negotiations for a new role at the club for many weeks, practically since he decided to retire.

He told Sky Sport Italia only yesterday that they were “talking, and we’ll see what happens.”

La Repubblica newspaper claims that the delays are also to help pave the way for a potential change of management before the end of the season.

AC Milan part ways with Ibrahimovic but there has been rumor of the player's return
AC Milan part ways with Ibrahimovic but there has been rumor of the player’s return

However, this report suggests that Ibrahimovic would be right by his side on the bench and in the locker room, acting as a direct line to owner Gerry Cardinale.

Ibrahimovic has said he is not eager to become a coach, but the Rossoneri might hope to change his mind with this approach, as he has the potential and total influence on the players.

Who can replace Pioli permanently?

According to CBS’ Serie A pundit Matteo Bonetti, Stefano Pioli and Milan should part ways at the end of the season, and suggests the Rossoneri hire Roberto De Zerbi.

Bonetti believes the Italian tactician should remain in charge until the end of the season.

Bonetti feels Brighton boss De Zerbi is ‘a dream’ for the Serie A giants, even if the ex-Sassuolo coach has recently revealed to be in talks to extend with his current club.