Marco Giampaolo has moved a step closer to becoming AC Milan’s new head coach after leaving Serie A rivals Sampdoria.The 51-year-old has been heavily linked with the vacancy at San Siro following Gennaro Gattuso’s departure last month.Giampaolo joined Sampdoria in 2016 from Empoli and guided them to 11th, 10th and ninth-place finishes respectively during his three seasons at the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He had been contracted until June 2020, but the club confirmed on Saturday that he has left the Stadio Luigi Ferraris along with his backroom staff.Giampaolo told the club’s official website: “I thank the president and everyone at Sampdoria for three incredible seasons.“I had a good time in Genoa, and we had a good time together.”My thanks to all the managers, collaborators, employees and players of the club. You remain in my heart like all Sampdoria fans.”Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero went on to add: “We thank Marco for the three seasons with us.“We grew up together, we enjoyed a lot of satisfaction and now we wish him good luck for the continuation of his career.”📄 #Sampdoria say thank you and farewell to Marco #Giampaolo after mutual agreement to end contract ➡️ https://t.co/DZt5bI2MXb pic.twitter.com/vU2HIDsM4F— Sampdoria English (@sampdoria_en) June 15, 2019If Giampaolo does join Milan, he will link-up with legendary defender Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban, who were named as the club’s new technical director and chief football officer respectively on Friday.I Rossoneri have been on the lookout for a new man at the helm after Gattuso announced his departure following the club’s failure to qualify for 2019/20 UEFA Champions League as they finished fifth.Giampaolo will have the tough task of leading Milan back to their glory days on his hands, with the red and black half of the San Siro not seeing success in the league since winning the Scudetto in 2011.The Italian spent one season with Empoli prior to joining Sampdoria, taking the club to a 10th-place finish in Serie A.He is set to become Milan’s eighth manager in just over five years and will hope to avoid becoming the latest casualty in the merry go-round, with only Vincenzo Montella winning silverware in 2016 in the form of the Italian Super Cup.
FOR THE FIRST time in five years, Fine Gael is not out in front in the race for popularity. They have been joined in the top slot by Micheál Martin’s Fianna Fáil.According to the latest Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post, both parties have 26 per cent support among the Irish electorate. As the lead coalition party continues to implement austerity measures and struggles with stubbornly-high unemployment rates, its popularity dropped two points.Since January, Fine Gael’s support has fallen dramatically from 36 per cent to 26 per cent.Fianna Fáil’s trajectory has been just the opposite. At the start of 2013, it only managed to obtain 17 per cent support but that figure has been rising steadily since then. Today’s poll shows another one point jump, bringing the party in line with Fine Gael at 26 per cent.Labour’s woes have not abated either with their support level stagnant at 11 per cent. There has also been no change for Sinn Féin who remain at 16 per cent.If there was an election held tomorrow, Independent and other small party members would receive 21 per cent of the first preference vote.The survey was compiled by Red C from a sample of 1,003 adults over the telephone between 20 and 22 May. It should be noted that the calls were made as the row between Minister Alan Shatter and a number of TDs was making headlines.Read: LRC chief ‘mesmerised’ by teachers’ decisionMore: BBC ‘very sorry’ for offence caused by SF/IRA jibe