In­ter Mi­lan name Pi­oli as coach

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In­ter Mi­lan ap­pointed jour­ney­man Ste­fano Pi­oli yes­ter­day as their ninth coach in the last six years, his first man­age­rial role with one of Italy’s top three clubs.

The 51-year-old, who has coached 10 clubs in Italy’s top two di­vi­sions with­out win­ning a ma­jor tro­phy, re­placed Dutch­man Frank de Boer who was fired last week af­ter 85 days and 14 com­pet­i­tive games in charge.

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

“FC In­ter­nazionale is de­lighted to con­firm that terms have been agreed with Ste­fano Pi­oli to be­come In­ter’s new head coach un­til June 30, 2018,” the club said.

In his pre­vi­ous job, Pi­oli led Lazio to a third­place fin­ish 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, AC Mi­lan and Ju­ven­tus are con­sid­ered to be Italy’s big­gest three clubs, al­though nei­ther of the Mi­lan sides have won a Serie A ti­tle since 2011.

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 of 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. Next stop was Bologna and he kept them in Serie A dur­ing two dif­fi­cult sea­sons be­fore mov­ing to Lazio.

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. Chinese elec­tron­ics re­tailer Sun­ing Com­merce Group Co Ltd bought nearly 70 per­cent of In­ter for 270 mil­lion eu­ros ($298 mil­lion) in June, less than three years af­ter the club had pre­vi­ously been sold to a con­sor­tium led by In­done­sian busi­ness ty­coon Erick Tho­hir. Pre­vi­ously, the club were owned by Mas­simo Mo­ratti, whose fam­ily con­trols Ital­ian oil re­finer Saras, from 1995 to 2013. — Reuters

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