Paulo Fonseca named new AC Milan Manager

June 13, 2024

Paulo Fonseca has been named AC Milan’s new head coach, with a three-year contract.

Paulo Fonseca named new AC Milan Manager

The 51-year-old succeeds Stefano Pioli, who stepped down at the end of the 2023-24 season after five years in command.

Paulo Fonseca has spent the last two seasons as manager of French team Lille. Under his leadership, the team placed fourth in Ligue 1 this season, guaranteeing the club’s Champions League qualifying for 2024-25.

The Portuguese, who has been replaced at Lille by Bruno Genesio, coached Roma from 2019 to 2021, guiding them to the Europa League semifinals in his second season.

Fonseca formerly served as head coach of Shakhtar Donetsk, leading the team to the Ukrainian Premier League and Cup double in each of his three seasons in command.

Pioli, who has almost two decades of managing experience, guided Milan to the Serie A title in the 2021-22 season after being named head coach in 2019.

The 58-year-old also led Milan to the Champions League semi-finals in 2022-23, winning knockout matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli before losing 3-0 on aggregate to city rivals Inter.

Milan finished second in Serie A this season and were eliminated from the Europa League in the quarterfinals against Roma.