Milan - Roberto Mancini was expected to be confirmed as Inter Milan's new
coach after the struggling Serie A giants confirmed the sacking of Walter
Mazzarri on Friday.
A short statement by the club on www.inter.it said: "F.C.
Internazionale announces that Walter Mazzarri has been relieved of his duties
as first team coach.
"The club would like to thank Mazzarri for the commitment,
dedication and professionalism he showed over his 17 months in charge. Today's
training session will be taken by Giuseppe Baresi."
The announcement followed reports that Mancini, who won three
league titles in a successful four-year spell with the club, was on the verge
of signing a two-and-a-half year deal to take over the Nerazzurri.
Although the club have yet to confirm Mancini as coach, former
Inter goalkeeper Walter Zenga, practically did so when he posted a message on
Twitter claiming that he had also been in the 'frame' for the job.
"They have chosen Mancini. I was in the frame, my dream was
close. It's a pity, maybe in another life. Thanks to everyone," said
Expectations of Mancini's imminent arrival also grew when former
Inter president Massimo Moratti denied reports he had played a role in
influencing club president Erick Thohir to choose Mancini.
"It was Thohir's idea," said Moratti, who gave up his
role as the club's honorary president several weeks ago.
"I'm sorry for Mazzarri. Obviously he did everything he could
to make it work.
"I'm happy for Mancini. He's the coach with whom I won the
most. He's a very good person and a great coach."
Former Manchester City manager Mancini has been out of work since
leaving Galatasaray last season but, if confirmed, will be welcomed with open
arms by fans frustrated by Inter's failure to perform to expectations under
Mazzarri, who led Napoli to the Serie A runner-up spot in 2013,
joined Inter in time for the start of last season but despite glimpses of
promise had consistently seen his side underperform.
Inter, Italy's last Champions League winners, in 2010, failed to
qualify for the competition under previous coach Andrea Stramaccioni, and
Mazzarri fared no better last season when Inter could only qualify for the
Inter have won only four Serie A games so far this season while
suffering heavy defeats to Cagliari (4-1 at home), Fiorentina (3-0 away) as
well as falling 2-0 away to relegation candidates Parma.
Inter currently sit ninth in the league, 12 points behind leaders
Reports on Friday also claimed Mancini was set to bring in former England international David Platt, a one-time Juventus and Sampdoria player who speaks fluent Italian, as his assistant after their spell together at City.
The Italian is also expected to revolutionise Inter's tactics, ditching the 3-5-2 system used by Mazzarri for a more open, attacking 4-4-2.
Recent reports claimed that Thohir, the Indonesian businessman who bought a 70 percent stake in the club from Moratti a year ago, had given Mazzarri until the Milan derby next week before deciding the 53-year-old Mazzarri's future.
However Mancini is now expected to be appointed in time to take charge of Inter's San Siro clash away to their city rivals a week on Sunday.
Serie A action resumes next weekend following the international break.