Milan give Pioli vote of confidence

Inter Milan say they have no intention of sacking their manager Stefano Pioli in the wake of the club's poor run of form.

The 18-time Serie A champions are currently in seventh place, following three losses and two draws from their last five matches.

Having engineered a run of seven consecutive wins at the turn of the year, Inter have lost to league leaders Juventus, and title-chasers Roma – but it is the more recent capitulations against Sampdoria, Crotone, that has supporters questioning the manager.

They most recently were on the wrong side of a 5-4 defeat to Fiorentina, prompting the club to give Pioli a vote of confidence.

Reports that the manager had handed in his resignation were also rubbished.

A club statement read: "The manner of the defeat at Fiorentina was unacceptable for our supporters and we are determined to put this right. Everyone at the club, from the players to the staff, is now focused on working as hard as possible to achieve the maximum result and finish the season strongly.

"In order to achieve this, the club confirms its full backing and that of the ownership in Stefano Pioli and his entire technical staff.

"Pioli joined Inter at a difficult time and the work he has carried out over the six months since he joined in November last year has been exceptional and deserves our respect. The club will not be distracted by rumours circulated by those outside of the club.

"Our target remains to finish as high as possible in Serie A and qualify for European football, by giving the maximum in every match and for the players to represent the club's colours with honour and pride as befits the history and tradition of this great club."

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