MARCO GIAMPAOLO has been sacked as AC Milan boss just four months after taking charge of the club.
The Serie A side languish in 13th spot in the table – winning three and losing four out of their opening seven games.
1 AC Milan have wielded the axe on Marco Giampaolo after just seven games in chargeCredit: EPA
And the Rossoneri have ruthlessly terminated the contract of the ex-Sampdoria gaffer.
A statement from the Italian outfit said: "AC Milan announces that it has relieved Marco Giampaolo of his role as coach of the first team.
"The club intends to thank Marco for the activity carried out so far and wishes him the best professional successes."
Giampaolo's reign in charge of Milan is the shortest in the club's history.
According to the Daily Mail, former club president Silvio Berlusconi spoke with Milan's chief football officer Zvonimir Boban and technical director Paolo Maldini about axing Giampaolo after the defeat against Inter Milan on September 21.
Milan lost their next two games against Torino and Fiorentina, before they bounced back with a 2-1 win against Genoa on the weekend.
However that result wasn't enough to convince the Milan board that they should keep Giampaolo.
Former Inter and Fiorentina gaffer Stefano Pioli is reportedly the leading frontrunner to replace Giampaolo.
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However leading bookmaker Coral have suspended betting on Jose Mourinho returning to San Siro following his stint with Inter between 2008-2010.
Before Giampaolo had his contract terminated, the Special One was 1-4 to make the move to Milan.
Coral's John Hill said: "Jose has been waiting patiently for his next managerial job but this gamble this afternoon suggests to us that may come in Milan again, this time with Inter’s rivals AC Milan."