The Rossoneri sacked their previous coach, Marco Giampaolo, Tuesday after the team lost four of their first seven Serie A games of the season to sit 13th - 10 points off leader Juventus
AC Milan have appointed Stefano Pioli as their new coach, the Serie A club said Wednesday, handing him a two-year contract in the hope he will turn around the fortunes of the seven-time European champion.
The Rossoneri sacked their previous coach, Marco Giampaolo, Tuesday after the team lost four of their first seven Serie A games of the season to sit 13th - 10 points off leader Juventus.
Milan won the last of their 18 Serie A titles in 2011 and last played in the Champions League in the 2013-14 season.
The club qualified for the Europa League this season after finishing fifth in 2018-19 but voluntarily accepted a one-year ban from all European competitions for breaching Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules.
OFFICIAL: AC Milan have confirmed the appointment of Stefano Pioli as their new manager. pic.twitter.com/IFmjIXFewn— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) October 9, 2019
Ivan Gazidis was appointed at the helm of the storied club last year by U.S. fund Elliott, which took control of Milan after Chinese businessman Li Yonghong, who had bought the club from former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, failed to make a repayment due to the U.S. fund.
Gazidis said Elliott had inherited a club on the brink of insolvency, adding the U.S. fund is determined to make Milan capable of competing at top level in Europe again.
Pioli has coached several Serie A teams including Lazio, who he led to a third-place finish and the Coppa Italia final in the 2014-15 season, and Inter Milan.
His last job was at Fiorentina, where he was credited with keeping the team together after the sudden death of captain Davide Astori in March 2018 threatened to derail their campaign, eventually finishing eighth.
Pioli left in April this year during his second season, saying Fiorentina had questioned his abilities following a poor run of form after they fell to 10th.
The club would eventually finish 16th - three points above the relegation zone.