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Padovan names favoured Maldini replacement and says ‘Cardinale couldn’t take it anymore’

Italian journalist Giancarlo Padovan has named the man he thinks should replace Paolo Maldini at AC Milan and shed more light on the situation between the former defender and Gerry Cardinale.

Writing for, Padovan explained how Maldini forced the hierarchy at the club to give more money for transfers as well as complete control over which players signed for the Rosssoneri.

He then said that it was a failure of a transfer market for Maldini and a situation that caused confusion among many key members at the club, such as Stefano Pioli.

“A year ago, with a sensational interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport, Maldini had forced the new ownership’s hand and obtained what he wanted, that is a decent budget (€50 million) and carte blanche on the market,” Padovan wrote.

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“Unfortunately for him, for Pioli and for Milan, it was a failure. From De Ketelaere to Origi (and I’ll stop here out of charity) it was a succession of mistakes that produced a harmful climate. First, leading to misunderstandings between Maldini and Pioli. Then, even unmotivated exclusions of Pioli towards the new ones. Cardinale couldn’t take it anymore and decided to go with someone else.”

After explaining how the season was much more of a failure than the history books will show, with Champions League qualification only coming due to Juventus’ suspension, Padovan named his ideal replacement.

He thinks that former Lazio director Igli Tare is the correct name to come in and there are others at the club who are good at what they do.

“If I were him, I would go straight for Igli Tare, who has just left Lazio after eighteen years of great work. Geoffrey Moncada, in charge of the scouting area, is very good at what he does, although he has the advantage of being an insider. Decisive, in my opinion, will be Giorgio Furlani, managing director and genuine Milan fan. If Cardinale listens to him, he certainly won’t make a mistake,” he wrote.


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