AC Milan have sacked manager Marco Giampaolo after a poor start to the Serie A season.

Milan have lost four of their seven league games so far this season, including three of the last four and sit in 13th place, 10 points adrift of leaders Juventus.

A statement on the club's official website 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 only took over from Gennaro Gattuso over the summer but suffered a 1-0 defeat in the season opener to Udinese.

They responded with wins over Brescia and Hellas Verona but were then beaten 2-0 by Inter in the Milan derby.

Further defeats against Torino and Fiorentina followed and, even though they stopped the rot with a 2-1 win over Genoa on Saturday, it proved to be the end for Giampaolo.