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AC Milan appoint former Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli

By Vincent Ashitey
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Milan have officially appointed former Fiorentina, Inter and Lazio boss Stefano Pioli as their new coach on a two-year deal.

“AC Milan announces the appointment with immediate effect of Mr Stefano Pioli as the new coach of the First Team,” read a club statement.

“Born in October 1965 in Parma, Stefano Pioli began his career as a coach in 1999. His first coaching experience in Serie A was at Parma in 2006. He then went on to coach several other Serie A Clubs: Chievo Verona, Palermo, Bologna, Lazio and Inter Milan, before moving to Fiorentina in 2017. Stefano Pioli now joins AC Milan on a two-year agreement.

“The Club wishes Stefano and his coaching staff all the best in their work.”

Pioli replaces Marco Giampaolo, who was sacked on Tuesday after just 111 days in the Rossoneri hotseat.

The 53-year-old is a respected figure in Italian football after spells in Serie A with Parma, Chievo, Bologna, Lazio, Inter and Fiorentina.

He led the Aquile to the Champions League playoffs in 2015 and was praised for keeping the Viola together after the tragic death of captain Davide Astori last year.

Despite that, Milan fans in their droves have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #PioliOut, which has begun trending worldwide.

He is widely considered an underwhelming choice, given he failed with Inter and has not won any senior silverware in 16 years as a Coach.

Pioli becomes the Diavolo’s ninth Coach in five years and the eighth to have represented both San Siro clubs, following the likes of Leonardo and Giovanni Trapattoni.