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AC Milan appoint Marco Giampaolo as new head coach

AC Milan have appointed Marco Giampaolo as their new manager on a two-year deal with the option of extending it to a further year.

The 51-year-old succeeds Gennaro Gattuso, who quit the club last month after the Serie A side missed out on Champions League qualification.

Giampaolo guided Sampdoria to a ninth-placed finish in Serie A before leaving the position as their head coach.

The Italian has also managed Cagliari, Siena, Brescia and Empoli, all of them in Italy during his career.

Giampaolo arrives at San Siro just days after AC Milan legends Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini took up new roles at the club which is looking to turn around things under their new Chinese owners.

Boban is the club’s new chief football officer after he quit as deputy secretary general at Fifa.

Milan legend Maldini, who spent 25 years at the club, has been confirmed as the club’s new technical director.

Seven times European champions Milan have not played in the Champions League since 2013-14. Last year they just missed out to the city rivals Inter Milan.

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