AC Milan were on the bring of sacking the under-pressure manager Marco Giampaolo during halftime of their Saturday’s Serie A encounter with Genoa
The Rossoneri had entered the clash with Genoa frantically looking over the shoulders, as they were residing right above the relegation territory.
Pepe Reina’s blunder just before the break took the visitors into the dressing room with a goal down, with Paolo Maldini reportedly leaving the stadium during halftime, as reported by The Sun.
Although the club was on its way of dismissing Giampaolo after the match, the Italian manager saved his job, for now, as the seven-time Champions League winners pulled off a dramatic second-half comeback to seal their third win of the season.
It would’ve been a precedent for a club of Milan’s size and reputation to get rid of a manager in such circumstances, even though desperate times require desperate measures.
It’s now a near-certainty that the former Sampdoria boss will survive the international break, but his future at the San Siro is still hanging in the balance.
The Milan hierarchy has allegedly agreed on personal terms with Luciano Spalletti, who was sacked by city rivals Inter in the summer, with Antonio Conte appointed in his spot.
Spalletti’s contract ties him down to the Nerazzurri colors until 2021, but the parties are said to be working on termination to enable the ex-Zenit St Petersburg manager to take over the reins in the neighborhood.