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Fiorentina Bring Back Vincenzo Montella

Fiorentina have officially appointed Vincenzo Montella as their coach for the second time.

A statement on Fiorentina’s official website confirms Montella has signed a contract until 2021, took his first training session on Wednesday and will be unveiled this evening.

The 44-year-old has been out of work since leaving Sevilla towards the end of last season, when he was also dismissed by Milan.

He previously coached Fiorentina between 2012 and 2015, guiding them to fourth-place finishes in each of his three campaigns at the helm.

His first match back at the Artemio Franchi comes against Bologna in Serie A on Sunday.

Montella replaces Stefano Pioli, who handed in his resignation on Tuesday. Pioli accused the club of ‘forcing’ him to step down from his position, on the grounds that Fiorentina ‘questioned’ his character, but the club insist it was the 53-year-old who put them in ‘an unexpected and complicated situation’.

“We consider Stefano Pioli a respectable person who has always behaved correctly towards the club until yesterday,” read a statement on the Viola’s official website.

“For this reason, we consider his attitude incomprehensible and unjustifiable, putting the club in an unexpected and complicated situation to manage.

“The statement made by Fiorentina, and reported by the entire Press, was needed to clarify the position of the club and call for the utmost commitment from everyone, without offending or delegitimising anyone.

“Therefore, the reasons for Pioli’s resignation (a few days before the expiry of his contract) has nothing to do with the statement made by the club, and the first to know about it was Pioli.

“Now, however, we need to look ahead and focus exclusively on the sporting results that we must and can certainly achieve.”