Inter appoint Pioli
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