I could see it.
Pioli wanted a whipping boy, and he KNEW this was the ONLY destination Crennel would have another HC job, so Pioli could have his cake and eat it too. (I know, I hate that saying also).
Pioli wishes he was Al Davis (60's) soo bad. If only he could be HC, GM, Owner, it would make his life complete. Too bad he's a ****ing dumbass.