October 8, 2019 / 6:51 PM / 11 days ago

AC Milan sack coach Giampaolo after dismal start

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus v Sampdoria - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - December 29, 2018 Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo before the match REUTERS/Massimo Pinca/File Photo

MILAN (Reuters) - AC Milan sacked coach Marco Giampaolo after the team lost four of their first seven Serie A games of the season, the club said on Tuesday.

Giampaolo was appointed in June and tasked with trying to end the club’s eight-year trophy drought and take them back to the Champions League after a six-season absence.

Yet his tenure got off to a terrible start and he was ousted despite the club ending a three-match losing streak with victory over Genoa on Saturday.

“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,” the club said in a statement.

Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Giampaolo would be replaced by former Lazio and Inter Milan coach Stefano Pioli.

Pioli’s last job was at Fiorentina, whom he left in April during his second season in charge.

Seven-times European champions AC Milan won the last of their 18 Serie A titles in 2011.

Reporting by Elvira Pollina; Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Toby Davis

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