AC Milan have confirmed the appointment of Stefano Pioli as their new manager.
The 53-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Serie A side to replace the sacked Marco Giampaolo.
Giampaolo paid the price for Milan’s dreadful start to the season and was dismissed earlier this week after just seven games in charge. It is the shortest reign in the club’s history.
As Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday, Giampaolo was axed after former president Silvio Berlusconi told Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban they’d made a mistake in hiring the coach.ef
Pioli, who has been out of work since resigning as Fiorentina boss back in April, faces a tough battle to get Milan back on track.
The Italian giants sit 13th in the Serie A table, having lost four of their opening seven fixtures, including a 2-0 defeat by rivals Inter.
Pioli is a former Inter Milan and Lazio boss and has vast experience as a coach, beginning his career in 1999, and was Milan’s No. 1 target to take over the role.
However, it appears the club’s supporters are unimpressed by his appointment.
‘Piolo Out’ was trending on Twitter in Italy on Tuesday – a day before he was even confirmed as their new boss.
Many fans took to social media to voice their frustration at yet another uninspiring appointment on Wednesday, too.
One fan responded to news of the appointment by tweeting, “Life as a Madrista isn’t easy.”
Another likened Milan’s choices for a new coach to rummaging around in garbage cans.
The Italian would take charge of his first AC Milan game next Sunday when they host fellow strugglers Leece.