Sampdoria have officially released Marco Giampaolo from his contract and he is expected to sign for Milan imminently.
The 51-year-old Coach had been in charge of Samp since the summer of 2016 and had one more year to run on his contract, but was allowed to leave following a meeting with President Massimo Ferrero.
A two-year deal with option for a third has been lined up for him at Milan, where he’ll replace outgoing Gennaro Gattuso.
“We thank Marco for the three seasons with us,” President Ferrero told the official club website.
“We grew together, achieved some satisfying results and now wish him all the best for his career. Giampaolo’s time was an important passage in the development of our club’s technical project.”
He is expected to be replaced by Eusebio Di Francesco, as soon as that Coach has terminated his contract with Roma.
“I thank President Ferrero and all of Samp for three indelible seasons,” added Giampaolo in the statement.
“I was happy in Genoa and we did well together. I thank all the directors, collaborators, dependents of the club and players who shared this journey with me. You’ll remain in my heart, along with all the Blucerchiati fans.”
Giampaolo’s previous clubs include Cagliari, Catania, Brescia and Empoli, where he became known for the 4-3-1-2 system and focus on possession football.
He oversaw 123 competitive games on the Blucerchiati bench, resulting in 49 wins, 26 draws and 48 defeats.
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