AC Milan is reportedly set to sack coach Marco Giampaolo

Marco Giampaolo, former Sampdoria coach, had replaced Gennaro Gattuso as AC Milan boss during the summer and he might be sacked after just seven games.

AC Milan manager Marco Giampaolo has suffered four defeats in his first seven games in charge of the Serie A club.   -  Getty Images

AC Milan is set to sack coach Marco Giampaolo after a dreadful start to the season, according to multiple reports in Italy on Tuesday.

The former European giant is 13th in Serie A -- three points above the relegation zone.

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 rival Inter.

Milan went on to lose its 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 champion's first choice to replace Giampaolo, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia.

However, the 60-year-old has not been able to agree severance terms with Inter Milan, which 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 champion, which won its 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 its Europa League berth after accepting a European ban for breaching financial fair play rules.

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