Montella named new AC Milan manager

Former Sampdoria boss Vincenzo Montella has taken over the top job at Serie A rivals AC Milan.

The 42-year-old replaces caretaker manager Cristian Brocchi, becoming the club’s fourth permanent coach in two years.

In an official statement, the club said; “Vincenzo has signed a two-year contract which begins on July 1.

“It is the belief of the club that the style of play of the new Rossoneri coach will be the basis of an important, fruitful and positive collaboration.

“Heartfelt thanks to Cristian Brocchi for the enthusiasm, preparation and intensity with which he approached his career as Milan coach with the Allievi, the Primavera and the first team.”

Montella will be tasked with bringing the Italian giants back to their former glory, after ending last season seventh in the league and runners-up in the Coppa Italia.

The Rossoneri are understood to be paying a release fee of around €1million to Sampdoria.

The former striker has also managed at Fiorentina, where he enjoyed a 50 per cent win rate and took the club to fourth place in the league three years on the trot.

AC’s joint-CEO Adriano Galliani has high hopes for the new appointment; “There’s a lot of satisfaction, we believe we’ve made a good choice.”