Nerazzurri turn to Pioli

Internazionale have appointed Stefano Pioli as their new head coach, with the Italian succeeding Frank de Boer at the helm on Tuesday.

De Boer was given the mandate of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League this season when he was handed the reins in August.

But the Dutchman was sacked after less than three months in charge, having overseen a poor run of results which left the Nerazzurri eight points off the top-three in Serie A.

Inter also made a disappointing start in the Europa League, losing three of their opening four games in Group K to prop up the four-team table.

Pioli has been out of a job since being relieved of his duties by Lazio towards the end of last term, but returns to management after signing an 18-month contract at the San Siro.

The 51-year-old won't have time to settle into the role, however, as his first task is the Milan derby after the international break on November 20.