AC Milan names former Italy striker Montella as new coach


Former Italian champions AC Milan have appointed Vincenzo Montella as their new boss on a two-year contract, the club has annunced.

The 42-year-old former Italy striker replaces Cristian Brocchi at the San Siro after the Rossoneri decided to make another change in the dugout.

Brocchi only took over from Sinisa Mihajlovic in April but failed to turn around Milan’s fortunes as they slumped to a seventh-place finish in Serie A.

Montella managed to guide Sampdoria away from the relegation zone last season and will make his move to Milan official next month.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Vincenzo Montella is our new coach. Vincenzo has signed a two-year contract from July 1.

“The club’s belief is that, with this naming of a new coach, the Rossoneri’s game will be fruitful and positive.

“A heartfelt thanks goes to Cristian Brocchi for the enthusiasm, the preparation and the intensity with which he faced his career as manager at AC Milan.”

Montella – who took in playing spells at Empoli, Genoa, Sampdoria, Roma and Fulham, on loan, previously managed Catania and Fiorentina before being appointed as Sampdoria’s boss in November 2015.