Paolo Maldini asserts Stefano Pioli “isn’t a gamble” for Milan as he concedes Marco Giampaolo “just didn’t work.”
Giampaolo was Maldini’s man just three months ago, but the club legend-turned-technical director and his board opted to pull the plug on the Coach and replace him with journeyman Pioli.
“Pioli isn’t a gamble,” he said at a Press conference alongside the new man at the helm, Zvonimir Boban and Ivan Gazidis.
“We want to be leading lights this season, we don’t want to write this season off.
“I thank Giampaolo for his professionalism. Three months ago, we were here talking about him, but this was a considered and shared choice.
“If we go back in time, he was the right choice for a young team, but it just didn’t work. I defended Giampaolo because that was the right thing to do.
“We have 31 games in front of us. We can still turn things around this season. We don’t want to still be waiting to become competitive in 10 years’ time.
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