Milan have officially appointed former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo as their new Coach on a two-year contract with option for a third.
He terminated his contract with Samp by mutual consent after three seasons and put pen to paper on a two-year deal at Milanello, believed to be worth €2m per term.
“AC Milan announces the appointment of Marco Giampaolo as the new coach of the First Team with effect from July 1st 2019. The agreement runs until June 30th 2021 with an option to extend the contract to June 2022,” read a statement.
“Marco Giampaolo, born in Bellinzona on August 2nd 1967, has managed 324 games across all competitions during his career of which 270 have been in Serie A.
“Giampaolo will now coach AC Milan’s First Team on the first day of the new season’s training at Milanello on July 9th.”
Giampaolo becomes the 60thCoach to sit on the AC Milan bench, the eighth since Max Allegri was dismissed in January 2014.
The 51-year-old was born in Switzerland and spent many years as assistant manager to the likes of Giovanni Galeone, Aldo Agroppi, Edi Reja, Carlo Mazzone and Nereo Rocco before breaking out on his own in 2004 at Ascoli.
He coached Cagliari, Siena, Catania, Cesena, Brescia, Cremonese, Empoli and since 2016 Sampdoria.
Giampaolo replaces Gennaro Gattuso, who took the Rossoneri to fifth place in Serie A this season and the Coppa Italia semi-final.
Sampdoria are expected to appoint Eusebio Di Francesco in his place.