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AC Milan set to sack coach Giampaolo – reports

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AC Milan set to sack coach Giampaolo – reports

The former Sampdoria boss suffered four defeats in his first seven games, including a 2-0 loss to rivals Inter Milan. Former Inter coach Luciano Spalletti, 60, is first choice to replace Giampaolo, Italian media report. Milan‘s coach Marco Giampaolo shouts from the touchline during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Genoa CFC and AC Milan at the Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa, Italy. October 5, 2019. (Luca Zennaro/ANSA / AP) AC Milan are set to sack coach Marco Giampaolo after a dreadful start to the season, according to multiple reports in Italy on Tuesday.

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The former European giants are 13th in Serie A – three points above the relegation zone.

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Giampaolo, 52, replaced Gennaro Gattuso during the summer, but the former Sampdoria boss has suffered four defeats in his first seven games, including a 2-0 loss to city rivals Inter.

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Milan went on to lose their next two matches against Torino and Fiorentina before last weekend's 2-1 victory at Genoa.

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Former Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti is the 18-time Italian champions' first choice to replace Giampaolo, according to Gazzetto Dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia

However, the 60-year-old has not been able to agree on severance terms with Inter, who he guided back to the Champions League the past two seasons, and remains under contract until 2021, despite being replaced by Antonio Conte

Former Inter and Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli is now reported to be the favourite to take over the former seven-time European champions, who won their last title in Serie A in 2011

Pioli previously coached Inter during the 2016-17 campaign and has reportedly been in the running to take over at struggling Genoa

Former Roma and Marseille manager Rudi Garcia has also been touted among the possible candidates

AC Milan finished fifth last season but lost their Europa League berth after accepting a European ban for breaching financial fair play rules

Source: AFP