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MARCO GIAMPAOLO: The case against him staying at Milan.

So Long Giampaolo

FBL-ITA-SERIEA-AC MILAN-INTER Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images

Friendships have been destroyed, accounts have been blocked and unfollowed and petty gifs have been sent back and forth as the war that is ‘the debate surrounding Marco Giampaolo’s tenure’ continues to leave bruised egos and damaged psyches in its wake throughout ‘AC Milan Twitter’ (MT). Calls for Giampaolo’s sacking are met with pleas of patience and as the chasm grows wider and wider with each passing game, each faction gains additional ammunition for their next assault.

For those ready to take an objective approach or just looking to bolster their position as to why Giampolo should be axed, here’s my case for why the Milan gaffer, should be vacated from his post WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT!!!!!!!

Giampaolo looks on in agony
Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images

Albert Einstein once said that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”

Let’s start with the disclaimer that patience is always needed by management and fans in a rebuild. The principle found in the old adage that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ is not lost on me, but there comes a time with the need for urgency replaces the need for patience. Urgency doesn’t mean rash however, as a calculatedly urgent approach is needed from the Rossoneri hierarchy. Quite frankly, the calls for patience can be perceived as insulting to some as it presumes that Milan fans have not been patient through the Clarence Seedorf, Filippo Inzaghi, Sinisa Mihajlovic eras. I have news for Milan fans, this isn’t the start of our rebuild. It may be a different iteration, but to assume that Milan are now rebuilding is to discard the painful, heart breaking years post Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Albert Einstein once said that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”. It is out of this quote that the call for urgency comes. On November 27th, 2017 Milan fired coach Vincenzo Montella after guiding the club to 7th in the table with six wins, six losses and two rounds after 14 games. This decision was made despite calls for Montella’s firing after round 9 when Milan was 11th in the league and it was clear to see that Montella was at his wit’s end. Milan replaced Montella with Gennaro Gattuso, who after a slow start, finished his tenure that season with 12 wins, eight draws and 4 losses in 24 games, enough for 6th. Gattuso’s appointment was clearly what Milan needed and had they acted sooner, who knows if Milan would have made it to Champions League football.

As is stands right now, Milan is in a worse position that they ever were under Montella. To wait an equally long time to make a decision that seems so inevitable would be and insane move, when there is no evidence to prove that Giampaolo is any closer to turning around this situation than Montella was.

Hindsight is 20-20

In 2014, the Cleveland Cavaliers, traded their number 1 overall pick for Kevin Love and went on to win an NBA championship with him. Between then and now however, the Golden State Warriors have won three championships. What’s lost in that is that Jerry West, adviser to the Warriors at the time, refused to trade a young Klay Thompson for what was a proven player in Kevin Love. What was seen as a easy trade by most to make was observed as a mistake by the visionary that is Jerry West. This is the type of leadership that Milan needs, if were are ever to get out of this period of ineptitude.

Hindsight is 20-20, which means anyone could and would agree to fire Giampaolo at the end of the season, if Milan finish outside of even European competition and the team is playing poorly. What we need is someone who’s able to read the ‘tea leaves’ of the season already and make that calculated determination to prevent us from missing out on the Champions League.

Giampaolo seems to have lost the plot

A coach’s identity is his philosophy and while flexibility is a wondrous virtue for a coach, a coach abandoning his philosophy after the first game of the season is not only embarrassing, its emblematic of the fact that Giampaolo may be in over his head. Coaching is not just a tactical exercise, its also an exercise in managing humans and their personalities. Motivating players and getting players to buy in are important factors of coaching.

In this regard though, Giampaolo seems to have lost the plot. His uncertainty over which system to use, as well as his questionable line up selection, is sure to have rubbed some players the wrong way, as the team looks totally unmotivated on the pitch. Further research may indicate that this may not be a reparable skill set of Giampaolo’s however as Fabio Quagliarella stated that his former coach was never a man of many words. Giampaolo just does not seem to have the right personality or willingness to ingratiate himself with his team. And the results are clearly showing on the pitch.

While the start to this season mirrors pretty evenly his start at both Empoli and Sampdoria respectively, the fact remains that Milan have much loftier ambitions that those of the Tuscany and Genoa based club, where his highest ever placement in the league was 9th and can’t afford to waste much more time losing games to teams battling relegation.

It may seem like a rushed decision, but the music has been permeating the ears of many Milan fans, as the proverbial fat lady has been bellowing a tune for the past two weeks.


Check out our article on why Giampaolo should stay.