The club on Tuesday sacked coach Marco Giampaolo after just seven games in charge as former European giants slipped games in charge as the former European giants slipped to 13th place in Serie A, with former Inter Milan coach Stefano Pioli reportedly poised to take over.
The club announced that “it has relieved Mr. Macro Giampaolo from his position as coach of the first team, we are also grateful for the work carried out and wishes him all the best to come in his professional career.”
The 52-year-old struggled from the outset at cash-strapped Milan, who lost their Europa league berth this season for breaching UEFA’s financial fair play rules. The win against Genoa 2-1 wasn’t good enough to save the former Sampdoria boss, who had been the seventh coach to sit on the Milan bench in the past five years.
Stefano Pioli is reported to be set to take over the ailing club, who won the last of their 18 Italian League titles in 2011. He was set to sign a two-year contract on Wednesday morning worth 1.5 million Euros ($1.66 million). He spent his entire 16-year coaching career in Italy with clubs including Bologna, Lazio, Inter and Fiorentina, but has never won Trophies as coach, causing the #Pioliout hashtag to trend worldwide on Twitter thanks to the angry reaction from Milan fans.
It’s hoped that he can bring stability to the club that has experienced its share of backroom drama after being sold twice in the last two years.