Ex-Sampdoria Coach Giampaolo Takes Over at AC Milan

FILE - In this Saturday, April 20, 2019 file photo, Sampdoria head coach Marco Giampaolo shouts during a Serie A soccer match between Bologna and Sampdoria at the Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy. Former Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo has been named the new coach of AC Milan. Milan announced Wednesday, June 19, 2019 that Giampaolo signed a contract for the next two seasons with an option for a third season. (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP, File )

MILAN — Former Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo has been named the new coach of AC Milan.

Milan announced Wednesday that Giampaolo signed a two-year contract with an option for a third season.

Giampaolo guided Sampdoria to a ninth-place finish in Serie A last season. He has also coached Cagliari, Siena, Catania, Cesena, Brescia and Empoli.

Gennaro Gattuso stepped down as Milan coach after a fifth-place finish meant the Rossoneri missed out on the Champions League.

A seven-time European champion, Milan is under pressure to return to the lucrative Champions League as it deals with a UEFA financial fair play investigation.

Milan last played in the Champions League in 2013-14.