Pioli the face of Milan Scudetto, justifies decision to stick with him – chairman Scaroni

by | May 23, 2022 12:20

Milan chairman Paolo Scaroni said manager Stefano Pioli is the “face” of the Scudetto win and it justified their decision to stick with their coach.

The Rossoneri capped off a difficult decade with an improbable title success and Scaroni praised Pioli following the incredible turnaround.

Speaking on Radio Anch’io on Monday, he said: “Yesterday was an incredible day, an incredible emotion which made up for all of the anxiety I feel every Sunday from 24 hours earlier.

“The face of the success is without doubt Pioli. I remember the 5-0 [defeat to Atalanta in December 2019] in Bergamo. I was there and it was a really sour day.

“The kind of thing that managers are sacked for but luckily we decided the opposite and it kickstarted a great period which took us to the Scudetto and having the accounts always in order.”

Pioli was hired as a replacement for Marco Giampaolo in October 2019 and was not immediately considered a long-term option. 

In fact, German Ralf Rangnick, who has since become manager of Manchester United, had been lined up to replace Pioli. 

Following the coronavirus-enforced break in play, Milan’s form dramatically improved and Milan released a statement in July 2020 to announce they had broken off negotiations with Rangnick and had offered Pioli a contract extension. 

Milan were unbeaten for the rest of the campaign following the COVID-19 break. The following season the returned to the Champions League for the first time since 2014 before improving still to win the Scudetto. 

 

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