Official: Inter appoint Pioli

by | Nov 8, 2016 15:07

Inter have officially confirmed that Stefano Pioli is their new Coach, replacing Frank de Boer on an 18-month contract.

The Dutchman was sacked by the Nerazzurri last week, with Stefano Vecchi taking charge for the games against Southampton and Crotone.

Marcelino and Gianfranco Zola were also thought to be in the running for the job, but it became clear in recent days that the former Lazio boss was the front-runner.

Inter have officially confirmed that Stefano Pioli is their new Coach, replacing Frank de Boer on an 18-month contract.

The Dutchman was sacked by the Nerazzurri last week, with Stefano Vecchi taking charge for the games against Southampton and Crotone.

Marcelino and Gianfranco Zola were also thought to be in the running for the job, but it became clear in recent days that the former Lazio boss was the front-runner.

After the Aquile agreed to terminate his contract earlier today, the 51-year-old has officially been named as the new Beneamata Coach.

“F.C. Internazionale is delighted to confirm that terms have been agreed with Stefano Pioli to become Inter's new head Coach until 30 June 2018,” a statement read.

“Joining the club with him will be Giacomo Murelli [assistant coach], Davide Lucarelli [technical assistant], Matteo Osti [fitness coach] and Francesco Perondi [fitness coach].

"Born in Parma on 20 October 1965, Pioli's first professional coaching experience came with Salernitana in Serie B in 2003/04. That was followed by a further two seasons in the same division with Modena in 2004/05 and 2005/06.

"He took the reins at Parma in Serie A the following year, before obtaining further success in Serie B with Grosseto [2007/08], Piacenza [2008/09] and Sassuolo [2009/10].

"Pioli returned to the top flight with Chievo Verona in 2010/11 and then, after a brief spell at Palermo, took over in the Bologna dugout – 12 years after starting his coaching career in the Bologna youth academy.

"A series of solid showings over the next three years [2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14] attracted the interest of Lazio, whom he joined in 2014.

"In his first season in the capital, Pioli guided Lazio to a third-place finish [and Champions League play-off spot] and reached the Coppa Italia final.

"The new Nerazzurri coach will be unveiled to the media in the press room at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti on Thursday 10 November [time to be confirmed].”

Pioli's last game as Lazio Coach was a 4-1 defeat to Roma in the Derby della Capitale, and his Nerazzurri reign will kick-off with the Derby della Madonnina against Milan.

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