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MILAN, Italy -- Serie A newcomers Torino have sacked their coach Gianni De Biasi just two days before the start of the Italian season and announced that former AC Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni would be appointed in his place later on Thursday.
De Biasi had taken Torino back into the top flight last season via the play-offs.
Torino have struggled in pre-season friendly matches though and were eliminated from the Italian Cup by Serie B side Crotone.
Zaccheroni made his name at Udinese before moving to AC Milan where he won the league title in 1999.
He then had less successful spells at Lazio and Inter Milan.
Torino open their Serie A campaign on Sunday against Parma.
The new season begins on Saturday with Inter Milan against Fiorentina and Roma facing Livorno.
Zaccheroni guided AC Milan to the Italian league title in 1999.