Serie A: AC Milan sack Marco Giampaolo

Serie A: AC Milan sack Marco Giampaolo

Serie A side AC Milan have decided to sack head coach Marco Giampaolo after a terrible run of results at the start of the season. The sacking comes after just three and a half months since Giampaolo had joined the club, replacing former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso. The former boss quit the job after AC Milan failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League at the end of last season, but so far it seems they are set to miss out on European qualification once again. 

AC Milan are currently 13th in Serie A, just three points above the relegation zone, after having won just three of their first seven matches of the season. Former Inter Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has been linked with the vacant job, but the AC Milan fans reacted angrily to that news. The hashtag #PioliOut at the top of the trending chart on Twitter in Italy on Tuesday, with fans pouring out messages of disappointment towards the club. 

Ironically, the sacking of manager Marco Giampaolo comes days after AC Milan finally secured a win, they defeated Genoa 2-1 last week thanks mostly to goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who saved a penalty kick in stoppage time. However, before that result AC Milan had three consecutive defeats, to Inter, Torino and Fiorentina. Marco Giampaolo was in charge of Sampdoria last season and managed to lead them to a ninth-place finish. It is the first time he manages a big club, after spells at Brescia, Cremonese and Empoli. 

AC Milan have not qualified for the UEFA Champions League since the 2013-2014 season and their last title in Serie A was in 2011. The seven-time champions of Europe have qualified for the Europa League this season but are not taking part in the competition as they are serving a one-year ban from continental competitions due to breaches of Financial Fair Play rules. The Rossoneri have spent 100 million euro on new players this season, while last season they spent 186 million euro. 

AC Milan are currently 14/1 at William Hill to finish in the top four in Serie A this season. 

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