AC Milan have appointed Sampdoria manager Vincenzo Montella as their new boss on a two-year contract.
The 42-year-old former Italy striker replaces Cristian Brocchi at San Siro after the Rossoneri decided to make another change in the dugout.
Cristian 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 officially next month.
Earlier on Tuesday, reports emerged that the club would have to wait to appoint Montella until club president Silvio Berlusconi fully recovered from a recent heart operation, but the team has now moved ahead.
“Vincenzo Montella is our new coach, he has signed a two-year contract which begins on July 1,” a club statement said.
“It is the belief of the club that the style of play of the new Rossoneri coach will be the basis of a fruitful and positive collaboration.
“A heartfelt thanks to Cristian Brocchi for the enthusiasm, preparation and intensity with which he approached his career as Milan coach with the youth team, the Primavera and the first team.”
Brocchi reportedly asked to be released so he can accept the job at Serie B club Brescia.
Montella started his coaching career at Roma in 2011 before a year at Catania, then moved to Fiorentina, where he finished fourth in three straight seasons. He then helped Sampdoria finish 15th.
Milan CEO Adriano Galliani said: “We start again with Montella. There’s a lot of satisfaction, we believe we’ve made a good choice. Let’s hope it goes well.”
A group of Chinese investors has until the end of the month to complete a takeover of the Serie A club from Berlusconi’s control.