AC Milan parts ways with Vincenzo Montella

Jul 15, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; General view of Gold Cup soccer balls on the field before a match between Panama and Martinique at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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AC Milan has parted ways with manager Vincenzo Montella, according to an official statement released by the team.

“AC Milan announce to have parted ways with coach Vincenzo Montella,” reads the statement. “We are very grateful to Mr. Montella and his staff for all the work done up to today, their commitment and professionalism.”

As a result, AC Milan has appointed Gennaro Gattuso as its new manager. Gattuso had previously been coaching AC Milan Primavera, the club’s youth squad.

“Management of the first team is entrusted to Gennaro Gattuso, who leaves his position as Primavera coach and to whom AC Milan wish the best of luck,” the statement continues. “A press conference is scheduled for tomorrow to present the new coach at Milanello training centre.”

Montella took to Instagram to bid farewell.

“Leaving Milan is very painful,” wrote Montella. “I tried to give all I have got for this club, but I accept the decision which has been taken. I would like to thank the players and you, the fans, for the beautiful moments we spent together, hoping that Milan will get back up there where they belong. I evidently failed, but I will keep on supporting these colours.”

Montella stepped in as Milan’s manager last year and led them to a Supercoppa Italiana title. AC Milan has gotten off to a rough start this season, going 6-2-6 over its first 14 matches. It is currently in seventh place in the Serie A standings and is coming off a draw against Torino on Sunday.

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