Stefano Pioli is having an incredible personality despite may be lacking past success in form of top placements in the table and trophies. This is one thing you can’t fault him for and very striking to Gennaro Gattuso is surprisingly enough.
Pioli is a very caring and empathic human being. He creates an affectionate and deep bond with his players so many players admire about him.
There are many signs of his kindness, like just to be the first one new players talk to by meeting up them at the train stations or airport in the middle of the night. All of his honesty, kindness, grace and empathy combines into his players who are ready to go to war for him. He has also bought sandwiches for fans who stopped to serenade him at a gas station as a sign of appreciation.
Pioli has also never been one to refuse for responsibility. He has always been the first one to take the blame when the team goes through rough spells or a common denominator from wherever he has been.
Even if it is the fault of his players, he never lets them become solely accountable. It’s a really admirable personality trait whose much like Rino Gattuso. This can probably explain why his players are so keen on him.
But above all, when Davide Astori’s shocking and tragic death in 2017, Pioli handled the situation surrounding that we simply can’t forget. Stefano Pioli was a supporting pillar in the middle of the darkness and a beacon of light during one of Fiorentina’s darkest moments in their history.
He is seen as a icon simply and club legend by many Fiorentina supporters because of the way he brought through it all with his impressive grace and empathy to the team, fans and the city of Florence. As a tribute to his former captain and late friend, Pioli put a tattoo “DA13” on his arm.