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AC Milan sack coach Giampaolo after dismal start

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VERONA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 15:  Marco Giampaolo head coach of AC Milan  looks on during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona and AC Milan at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on September 15, 2019 in Verona, Italy.  (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

VERONA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 15: Marco Giampaolo head coach of AC Milan looks on during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona and AC Milan at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on September 15, 2019 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
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MILAN (Reuters) - AC Milan sacked coach Marco Giampaolo after the team lost four of their first seven Serie A games of the season, the club said on Tuesday.

Giampaolo was appointed in June and tasked with trying to end the club's eight-year trophy drought and take them back to the Champions League after a six-season absence.

Yet his tenure got off to a terrible start and he was ousted despite the club ending a three-match losing streak with victory over Genoa on Saturday.

"AC Milan announces it has relieved Mr. Marco Giampaolo from his position as coach of the First Team. The Club is grateful to Marco for the work carried out and wishes him all the best to come in his professional career," the club said in a statement.

Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Giampaolo would be replaced by former Lazio and Inter Milan coach Stefano Pioli.

Pioli's last job was at Fiorentina, whom he left in April during his second season in charge.

Seven-times European champions AC Milan won the last of their 18 Serie A titles in 2011.

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