Inter Milan appoint Stefano Pioli as head coach

UDINE, ITALY - JANUARY 31: Head coach  of SS Lazio Stefano Pioli looks on  during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and SS Lazio at Dacia Arena on J
Image: Inter Milan have appointed Stefano Pioli as head coach, replacing the sacked Frank De Boer.

Inter Milan have appointed Stefano Pioli as head coach following the recent sacking of Frank de Boer.

The 51-year-old Pioli, sacked by Lazio in April, has signed a contract with the Serie A club until June 30, 2018.

Inter, enduring their fifth consecutive season without Champions League football, confirmed the appointment in a statement.

In his previous job, Pioli led Lazio to a third-place finish in Serie A in 2014/15 but was less successful last season and was fired in April after an embarrassing 4-1 defeat by neighbours AS Roma.

Inter Milan's Dutch head coach Frank de Boer
Image: De Boer was let go last week after a poor start to the campaign

A central defender in his playing days, Pioli's first job as head coach was with Serie B side Salernitana in 2003. He moved to Modena, another second-tier side the following year, and got his first chance in the top flight with Parma in 2006.

He was sacked after six months with the team one place off the bottom and went back to Serie B where he coached Grosseto, Piacenza and Sassuolo. Chievo brought him back to Serie A in 2010 and he moved to Palermo the following year but lasted just 90 days at the notoriously volatile club.

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He then took over at Bologna and kept them in Serie A during two difficult seasons before moving to Lazio.

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Inter won the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010 but have not been able to recapture that sort of form since, often languishing in mid-table.

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