In­ter ap­point Pi­oli

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

IN­TER MI­LAN yes­ter­day named the ex­pe­ri­enced Ste­fano Pi­oli as (pix) their third coach in just four months fol­low­ing the sack­ing last week of Dutch­man Frank de Boer.

Taken over in June by new Chi­nese own­ers, In­ter are strug­gling badly this sea­son and are sit­ting ninth in Serie A and last in their Europa League group af­ter a dis­as­trous start to the cam­paign. The 51-year-old Piloi faces a fiery start to his reign – a lo­cal derby at city ri­vals AC Mi­lan on Nov 20.

The Ital­ian has signed a con­tract un­til June 2018 to take over from de Boer, who was sacked a week ago fol­low­ing a 1-0 de­feat at Sam­p­do­ria, In­ter’s fifth loss in 11 out­ings.

Pi­oli is vastly ex­pe­ri­enced, hav­ing pre­vi­ously coached an ar­ray of Ital­ian clubs in­clud­ing Parma, Sas­suolo, Bologna and Lazio, lead­ing the lat­ter to third place in Serie A in 2015, before be­ing fired in the mid­dle of last sea­son.

Since de Boer’s de­par­ture youth team coach Ste­fano Vec­chi has over­seen a 2-1 Europa League loss at Southamp­ton and a hard-fought win over tailen­ders Cro­tone in Serie A. – AFP

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