Stefano Pioli Appointed Inter Manager: Latest Details and Reaction

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2016

ROME, ITALY - MARCH 13:  SS Lazio head coach Stefano Pioli gestures during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico on March 13, 2016 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Inter Milan have appointed Stefano Pioli as their new manager. The Serie A club confirmed the news in an announcement on their official site. Former Lazio boss Pioli replaces the fired Frank de Boer. 

Pioli is set to be officially unveiled on Thursday, per the statement. New arrivals for his staff were also confirmed: “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. Joining the club with him will be Giacomo Murelli (assistant coach), Davide Lucarelli (technical assistant), Matteo Osti (fitness coach) and Francesco Perondi (fitness coach)."

The Sun's Nick Ive detailed what type of contract Pioli will sign: "Pioli, 51, is expected to be given an 18-month contract worth around £1.25million this season and £1.8m over the next campaign."

Once he's unveiled, Pioli will set about rebuilding a talented squad that performed below expectations on De Boer's watch. Inter are ninth in Italy's top flight, a massive 13 points adrift of perennial leaders Juventus.

De Boer couldn't rebuild Inter.
De Boer couldn't rebuild Inter.GIUSEPPE CACACE/Getty Images

Former Ajax chief De Boer was sacked after just 11 league games in charge, per Lyall Thomas of Sky Sports. The man who won four Eredivisie titles in Amsterdam couldn't motivate an Inter squad loaded with quality.

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The new man took Lazio to the Coppa Italia final in 2015, where the Roma-based club was beaten by Juve. However, his main focus will be getting Inter Milan into the UEFA Champions League qualification places for next season.

Pioli will now try to get the best from players such as French midfield destroyer Geoffrey Kondogbia, Croatian deep-lying playmaker Marcelo Brozovic, rugged Colombian centre-back Jeison Murillo and controversial striker Mauro Icardi.


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