Monza appoint ex-AC Milan defender Nesta as new boss

Serie A side Monza have appointed ex-AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta as their new head coach.

The 48-year-old replaces Raffaele Palladino, who left to take charge of Fiorentina.

Former Italy international Nesta has signed a one-year contract, with automatic renewal for another season upon reaching certain conditions.

This will be Nesta's first managerial role in Serie A. He began his coaching career with Miami FC in MLS in 2015 and since then has managed Perugia, Frosinone and Reggiana in Serie B.

Last season, Nesta led promoted Reggiana to an 11th-placed finish in Italy's second tier, and has now resolved his contract issues with the club in order to take over at Monza, who finished 12th last season, their second campaign in Serie A.