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OFFICIAL: AC MIlan sack coach Marco Giampaolo

By Vincent Ashitey
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Milan have officially sacked Marco Giampaolo and are expected to replace him with former Fiorentina and Inter boss Stefano Pioli.

A club statement read: “AC Milan announces it has relieved Mr Marco Giampaolo from his position as coach of the First Team. The Club is grateful to Marco for the work carried out and wishes him all the best to come in his professional career.”

Giampaolo only replaced Gennaro Gattuso in the Rossoneri’s hotseat over the summer, having spent the past three seasons establishing Sampdoria as a Serie A team.

However, four defeats in his first seven League games was exacerbated by poor performances and a lack of supporter confidence.

The ex-Sampdoria Coach also came under fire for scrapping his famed 4-3-1-2 formation after just one match.

The Diavolo hoped to bring in Luciano Spalletti, but Inter were unable to agree a severance package with the Coach.

As a result, Milan have moved for Pioli, who is likely to put pen to paper on a one-year contract with the option of a second.

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 Lazio to the Champions League playoffs in 2015 and was praised for keeping Fiorentina 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.