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AC Milan fire head coach Marco Giampaolo after four months in charge

Marco Giampaolo was only in charge for seven matches before AC Milan fired him
Image: Marco Giampaolo was only appointed AC Milan manager in June

AC Milan have fired head coach Marco Giampaolo, making his tenure in charge the shortest of any manager in club history.

Giampaolo was only hired in June as a replacement for Gennaro Gattuso, who stepped down as Milan boss after a fifth-place finish meant the club missed out on the Champions League.

However, Milan have lost four of their seven Serie A matches this season under Giampaolo.

"AC Milan announces it has relieved Mr. Marco Giampaolo from his position as coach of the first team," the club said in a statement on its website. "The club is grateful to Marco for the work carried out and wishes him all the best to come in his professional career."

AC Milan have won three out of their seven Serie A matches this season
Image: AC Milan have won just three of their opening seven Serie A matches this season

Italian media said Milan are expected to replace Giampaolo with Stefano Pioli, who has previously coached city rivals Inter Milan.

Pioli, a self-confessed Inter fan, coached the Nerazzurri during the 2016-17 season but was fired in May of that campaign after losing 10 out of 27 matches.

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It is the second coaching change in two days in Serie A after Eusebio Di Francesco left Sampdoria by mutual consent on Monday. Di Francesco replaced Giampaolo in the summer.

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