MILAN (AP) — AC Milan has fired Massimiliano Allegri and put former assistant coach Mauro Tassotti temporarily in charge.

The club made the announcement on its website Monday, a day after an embarrassing 4-3 loss at promoted Sassuolo that left the team in 11th place.

Milan has won only five of 19 matches this season and Allegri had already announced over the winter break that he would leave at the end of the season. But the loss to Sassuolo, which got four goals from teenage forward Domenico Berardi, hastened his departure.

Allegri took over Milan in 2010 and won Serie A in his first season. Still, he never became a favorite of club owner Silvio Berlusconi.

Tassotti is a long-time Milan assistant.

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