There are reports that Milan’s hierarchy couldn’t agree on who should replace Marco Giampaolo, with Ivan Gazidis wanting Claude Puel. 

Giampaolo was sacked after a dismal run of form in which Milan won only three games from their opening seven games.

Il Giornale reports that Milan CEO Gazidis wanted former Lyon and Southampton manager Claude Puel to take over from Giampaolo.

However, the report also states that directors Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban wanted an Italian coach, or at least one who was experienced in Serie A.

This led the club to go for Luciano Spalletti, who rejected their advances. Milan then turned to Stefano Pioli, who agreed.

This isn’t the first time the three have butted heads, as Gazidis only wanted to sign young players last summer, whilst Boban and Maldini believed that the squad needed some experience, with rumours that a deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic was nixed by Gazidis.

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