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Sinisa Mihajlovic replaces Filippo Inzaghi as AC Milan manager

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AC Milan have today released a club statement confirmed the sacking of manager Filippo Inzaghi after just one year in charge of the Italian giants.

Appearing on their club website, the statement read: "AC Milan announces that it has sacked first-team coach Filippo Inzaghi and thanks him for the work he has done."

Following a disastrous campaign for the Serie A outfit in which Milan finished in 10th position, their worst position for 17 years, the Rossoneri wasted no time disposing of their man as they seek to re-gain a spot in the Champions League next season.

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It ends a 14-year association Inzaghi held with the club after joining from Juventus in 2001 to play as a striker.

Making over 300 appearances and scoring 126 times in the process, Inzaghi eventually retired from playing in 2012 to become the club's youth-team coach before being named the first-team manager last season.

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In what was his first stint as a first-team manager, it has been a harsh welcome into the world of management for 41-year-old former striker. However, after managing to win only 13 Serie A games last term, their lowest amount since the 2000-01 season, the writing had been on the wall for some time.

Sinisa Mihajlovic

Shortly after Inzaghi's dismissal, it was confirmed that Sinisa Mihajlovic has been appointed as the team's new manager.

The Serbian coach previously managed at Sampdoria guiding them to 7th place in Serie A last season, yet decided to announce his departure from the club earlier this month, thus paving the way for him to join Milan.

Allegedly agreeing a deal worth €2.5 million-a-year, Mihajlovic will be tasked to return Milan to their former status as the giants of Italian football and will be expected to provide silverware along the way.

To begin with though, his first priority must be to achieve Champions League qualification for next season, or like his predecessor, failure to do so may well bring about an abrupt end to his time in Milan.

AIR OF CAUTION

Mihajlovic's installation as manager would mean a change in hiring policy by the Rossoneri, whose two previous managers have both been former well-loved Milan players, in Clarence Seedorf and Inzaghi.

Both men came up short whilst in charge and were quickly been dispatched of, Seedorf after a mere four months in charge and Inzaghi after 12 months.

However if Mihajlovic's is to succeed Inzaghi as reports suggest, his tenure is by no means guaranteed to be longer.

With Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol believed to be in negotiations to secure a 48 percent stake of the club, Italian media has reported that he vetoed the decision to appoint Mihajlovic. 

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