AC Milan on Tuesday hired former Sampdoria coach, Vincenzo Montella, as their new manager on a two-year contract. The club released a statement on its official website, stating that Montella’s job takes effect from 1st July.
The statement 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.”
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.”
The 42-year-old former Italy striker replaces Cristian Brocchi at San Siro after the Rossoneri decided to make another change in the dugout. Brocchi reportedly asked to be released so he can accept the job at Serie B club Brescia. It would be recalled that Brocchi only filled the position for the final third of last season following the sacking of Sinisa Mihajlovic.
Montella began 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 guided Sampdoria to safety after replacing Walter Zenga early last season, and had been a Milan target before they chose Mihajlovic last summer and a year on their long-awaited collaboration could finally begin.
With Milan on the verge of a Chinese takeover, Montella will be expected to return the Rossoneri to their former glory, with the ailing Italian side having finished Serie A in only 7th place last term following a succession of poor seasons.