Inter appoints Stefano Pioli as sixth coach in nine years

Internazionale has appointed Stefano Pioli on Tuesday as their ninth coach in six years, his first managerial role with one of Italy’s top three clubs.

Pioli, 51, has coached 10 clubs in Italy’s top two divisions without winning a major trophy.

He replaces Dutchman Frank de Boer, who was dismissed last week after 85 days and 14 games in charge.

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

“Internazionale is delighted to confirm that terms have been agreed with Stefano Pioli to become Inter’s new head coach until June 30, 2018,” the club said.

Pioli led Lazio to third place in the Serie A in the 2014-15 season, but was less successful last season and was sacked in April after an embarrassing 4-1 defeat by neighbours Roma.

Inter, along with Milan and defending champions Juventus, are considered to be Italy’s biggest three clubs, although neither Milan side won the Serie A since 2011.

Inter had 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, often languishing in mid-table.

 

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