First thoughts on Stefano Pioli’s arrival at AC Milan

Following a very disappointing start to the season, AC Milan decided to part ways with Marco Giampaolo on Tuesday evening. Of course, given that we are in the middle of the season, the Rossoneri had a replacement lined up straight away, namely Stefano Pioli.

However, the former Fiorentina manager has sparked many negative reactions among the Rossoneri faithful, who even before he was announced managed to get the hashtag #PioliOut trending worldwide (!). Despite this, and perhaps rightly so, the management stuck by their decision and announced the appointment earlier today.

So, what are my thoughts on the change? At first, just like any other Milan fan, I was very frustrated and upset about where the club has ended up. From the insecurity of the management to the failure of really showing what their project is about, the future looked very dark.

Since then, though, I’ve had some time to look at the situation from a bigger perspective. Even though I’m still very much disappointed in the management, as they have obviously failed with their initial plans, I’ve somewhat come to peace with the appointment of Pioli.

I’m not very fond of the manager and probably never will be, but at the end of the day, you have to give him an honest chance. Of course, it’s easy to use him as a scapegoat to direct your criticism towards the club, though the last few days have certainly proved that the leadership should be held responsible for whatever comes next.

As I mentioned on my Twitter page yesterday, I never wanted Pioli from the start and I still don’t want him, but I will support the badge and not those running it. In other words, I’d love for him to prove me wrong as it would be the best for the club, but it will take a lot more than just a good spell for him to win me over.

And who knows, he might succeed in turning the situation around, and boy do the Rossoneri need it. With the exception of time, he has everything he needs to make something good of this squad, which in my opinion consist of very talented and qualified players. However, this has been said about many managers at the San Siro over the years.

At the end of the day, deep down I think everyone wants Pioli to succeed. However, the management hasn’t made it easy for us fans, as we once again have been taken for a ride, which the Curva Sud explained brilliantly in their statement. We’re constantly settling for the alternative, and hopefully, that will change in the future. If anything, it must change if we want to get back to the top.

Until then, however, Pioli has a mountain to climb as all eyes will be on him, especially after he failed to prove his worth at Fiorentina. I don’t like to use stats too much in my arguments, as there is always more to it, but he has only made top four once in his 16 years as a manager (Serie A). So, in other words, there many doubts. One can only hope that things will change for the better, although I don’t believe that Pioli is a solution beyond this season.

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