Inter Milan appoint Stefano Pioli as head coach

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Inter Milan have appointed Stefano Pioli as head coach following the recent sacking of Frank de Boer.

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The 51-year-old Pioli, sacked by Lazio in April, has signed a contract with the Serie A club until June 30, 2018.

Inter, enduring their fifth consecutive season without Champions League football, confirmed the appointment in a statement.

In his previous job, Pioli led Lazio to a third-place finish in Serie A in 2014/15 but was less successful last season and was fired in April after an embarrassing 4-1 defeat by neighbours AS Roma.

A central defender in his playing days, Pioli’s first job as head coach was with Serie B side Salernitana in 2003. He moved to Modena, another second-tier side the following year, and got his first chance in the top flight with Parma in 2006.

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He was sacked after six months with the team one place off the bottom and went back to Serie B where he coached Grosseto, Piacenza and Sassuolo. Chievo brought him back to Serie A in 2010 and he moved to Palermo the following year but lasted just 90 days at the notoriously volatile club.

He then took over at Bologna and kept them in Serie A during two difficult seasons before moving to Lazio.

Inter won the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010 but have not been able to recapture that sort of form since, often languishing in mid-table.

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