AC Milan appoints Giampaolo as head coach

Marco Giampaolo has been confirmed as Gennaro Gattuso's successor at Serie A club AC Milan.

Marco Giampaolo has managed 324 games across all competitions during his career of which 270 have been in Serie A.   -  Getty Images

AC Milan have finalised the appointment of Marco Giampaolo as head coach on an initial two-year contract.

Giampaolo, 51, put pen to paper after leaving fellow Serie A side Sampdoria on Saturday, with Milan holding the option to extend his contract by a further season.

 

The Swiss-born Italian guided Sampdoria to ninth in the last of his three seasons in charge and emerged as the leading option for Milan following Simone Inzaghi's decision to sign a new deal at Lazio.

Giampaolo replaces Gennaro Gattuso, who stood down in the wake of Milan's failure to secure Champions League qualification.