Stefano Pioli could land on his feet if Milan decided to go in a different direction, as Napoli would be interested in appointing him should he become a free agent. President Aurelio De Laurentiis will give Walter Mazzarri a chance to earn his permanence on the bench, but he’s already weighing his options, Il Mattino reports.

Antonio Conte remains the number one candidate in the president’s mind. He hasn’t been able to persuade him to take the job despite multiple attempts and very large offers.

The patron has started admiring Pioli in particular since Milan eliminated Napoli in the Champions League last season. He likes the boss’ versatility and how he contributed to overcoming the odds in the past.

Gian Piero Gasperini and Vincenzo Italiano are also on the Azzurri’s shortlist. The Milan manager makes €4M per year, €1M more annually than Luciano Spalletti and Rudi Garcia, Calciomercato informs. Instead, Mazzarri is earning €900k in his short-term contract.

Our Take on Napoli and Pioli

It tracks since they played it safe with all their recent hirings despite wide searches, always going with retreads with previous Serie A experience. He doesn’t have the flashiest style, but he has built up a good resume at Milan and might actually have the right character to put up with De Laurentiis. They wouldn’t be alone in pursuing him. The coaching carousel might be very enthralling as, among the top-tier teams, Simone Inzaghi is the only one certain to stay put.

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