OFFICIAL: Massimiliano Allegri named as AC Milan coach

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Massmiliano Allegri has signed a two-year contract with AC Milan and replaces Leonardo, who left by mutual consent at the end of last season.

The 42-year-old was heavily linked with the Rossoneri after Cagliari released him from his contract earlier this month.

He spent two years with the Sardinian club before being surprisingly sacked in April after he became "distracted" by interest from Italy’s biggest clubs.

Like most dismissals in Serie A, Allegri actually remained on Cagliari’s payroll and extricating him from his contract proved difficult for Milan.

But Cagliari finally released him to pave the way for his appointment as Leonardo's successor at the San Siro.

"AC Milan communicates that Massimiliano Allegri is the new first team coach. He has signed a deal until June 30, 2012," read a statement on Milan website.

Allegri led Cagliari to ninth and 12th place finishes in Serie A in his two seasons in charge.

His achievements were recognised by other coaches who voted for him to be awarded the Panchina d'Oro (Golden bench) prize as the best Serie A boss in both campaigns.

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