We are starting to talk about the renewal of Stefano Pioli’s contract, which expires at the end of this season, June 2023. He is happy and proud to remain on the Rossoneri bench, so the renewal to 2024 will end up being a formality, offering the coach (today at 145 appearances) the possibility of reaching the borders with the top 5 of the Rossoneri coaches, after Rocco ( 459), Ancelotti (420), Viani (376), Capello (300) and Liedholm (280), but ahead of Sacchi, now in sixth place (220).
The merits of Pioli in the growth of Milan are evident and recognized by all, yet even after winning the Scudetto, the Rossoneri club waited for the season to begin before addressing the renewal issue with the coach. Just like last year, when the deal came in November. A healthy precaution, just to understand that the wind always blew in the right direction.
Just for asking for explanations on the transfer of ownership – due to a club that has millions of fans – and on a board of directors that is still majority Elliott, someone considers us hostile to the management that the American fund makes of Milan. Nothing more inaccurate, if it is true that we are here to point out, underline and applaud what seems to us a wise and timely decision, and above all to compare it with the distortion that, for a similar question, has once again manifested itself at Inter. Because obviously, mistakes don’t always teach something. We are always faced with the “old” way of making the transfer market or managing the club, superimposed on a “new”, more “sustainable” way.
Simone Inzaghi also had his contract expiring in June 2023, but in the summer, a few weeks after the end of the season, Marotta offered him the renewal until 2024, the same one that Pioli has yet to discuss, with a rich adjustment of the salary, which went from 4 to over 5 million net. Clear sign that for the club, the manager had largely passed the first year exam. Not so for the critics, the fans, and probably the team (Calhanoglu dixit). Why sign on June 21 and not wait to see how the season would resume? To guess the direction of the wind?
Probably, Marotta wanted to give a signal of trust to the coach, or perhaps even make him accept the possible downsizing of the team, which then on balance did not happen. It remains that after losing the Scudetto in the sprint (but won 2 Cups against Juventus), Inzaghi immediately had what Pioli did not have, who had instead won the championship.
Spalletti in August 2018 had his contract expiring in June 2019 and it was extended for 2 years (not by Marotta), until 2021. Too many, because in January 2019 Conte had already been taken, who would then arrive in July . For this Spalletti, offended, remained on Inter’s payroll until the last day, also renouncing Milan’s offer, in October 2019: he earned 4.5 million for 2 years, without risking anything, much more. than what he would have collected with Milan. A mistake that cost Inter 18 million gross, but which evidently did not suggest another path to the Nerazzurri managers, who faced the issue of renewal with Inzaghi, immediately after the end of the championship, one year after the expiry of the contract. Another mistake, in light of how the season started, with the wind changing direction. It is true that Inter still has time to recover (they are 2 points behind Milan, but it is not only from the standings that the Nerazzurri start is judged), but what harm was there to renew the contract even only at Christmas. the coach? Thus, the serious risk is that any technical decisions will be held hostage by the financial statements in the deep red.
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