AC Milan have announced the arrival of 42-year-old Vincenzo Montella as manager, with the former Italian international putting pen to paper on a two-year contract.
Montella replaces Christian Brocchi, whose reign lasted barely three months following his replacement of Serbian Sinisa Mihajlovic for the final third of Milan's 2015/16 season. Promoted from his role as coach of AC Milan's Primavera, the former Milan midfielder was unable to guide the Rossoneri to a European place, the third season running Milan have missed out on continental qualification.
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Milan have gone through seven different managers since Carlo Ancelotti's departure in 2009, and the club currently stands on uncertain ground as they undergo a possible takeover from a Chinese consortium following years of financial instability.
Montella, who previously coached at Catania, Fiorentina and Roma, replaced Walter Zenga at Sampdoria early last season, helping guide the club to Serie A safety before accepting the offer to replace Brocchi. Montella will reportedly earn approximately $2.5 million a year plus bonuses as Milan boss, with the club paying around $550,000 to secure his services from Sampdoria.
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