Ex-Man City boss Roberto Mancini set for surprise Inter Milan return?
Walter Mazzarri has been relieved of his post as Inter Milan manager, with the appointment of the Nerazzurri’s former boss Roberto Mancini believed to be imminent.
Mazzarri has been given his marching orders after a recent dip in results that saw the Italian giants slip to ninth place in Serie A, 12 points off the pace of league leaders Juventus. This makes them outsiders at 100/1 with Coral to win the title.
Inter have recently released a statement on their website confirming the decision to part ways, saying they would like to thank Mazzarri for the “commitment, dedication and professionalism he showed over his 17 months in charge.”
The season had initially begun brightly for the San Siro side, with Inter’s 7-0 thrashing of Sassuolo a highlight amongst a seven-match unbeaten start to the campaign across all competitions.
Mazzarri’s men began to stumble, however, following a shock 4-1 loss to Cagliari, and won just two of their last eight outings in Serie A and the Europa League.
It appears that Nerazzurri president Erick Thohir has taken decisive action to stem the tide of disappointing results, and opted to axe the ex-Napoli coach.
Former Manchester City manager Mancini, who guided Inter to three Scudetti and two Coppa Italia crowns in four seasons during his last stint at the club, is now set for a shock return.
Mancini, who left the blue and black half of the San Siro in 2008 after repeated failures in the Champions League, also departed his last post at Galatasaray earlier this season after an apparent disagreement over the Turkish team’s ambition.
Whilst fans will undoubtedly welcome the return of a man who steered them through some of their most successful times in recent history, will it be a mistake for both club and coach to reunite?
Inter previously sacked Mancini due to former president Massimo Moratti’s determination to achieve success on the continent, and mirror the achievements of his father, Angelo, who oversaw the legendary Grande Inter side’s 1964 and 1965 European Cup wins.
Trigger-happy Moratti gave Mancini the chop in favour of hiring current Chelsea tactician Jose Mourinho, and the bold decision proved fruitful, with the Portuguese coach delivering an unprecedented treble.
The separation also eventually paid dividends for Mancini, who took over the reins at City, leading the Sky Blues to Premier League and FA Cup silverware success.
Now it appears the Nerazzurri, who have repeatedly failed to recapture the glory days of Mourinho’s trophy-laden era, are turning to another treasured former coach to help them return to Europe’s top table.
Mancini is certainly the most able and suitable candidate, after rumoured target David Moyes was snapped up by Real Sociedad. However, despite the Milan team’s diminished status, it does appear to be a step backwards.
The bar has been significantly lowered since Mancini’s time in charge, though, so if the legendary Lazio and Sampdoria forward can stabilise his former side and inspire them to a Champions League spot, it would be considered an achievement.
It will be intriguing to see what Mancini does with the currently underperforming squad, containing former Premier League stars Gary Medel and Nemanja Vidic, as well as promising players Mateo Kovacic and Mauro Icardi.
Mazzarri implemented his favoured 3-5-2 formation with the Nerazzurri, optimising the use of wing backs such as vice-captain Yuto Nagatomo.
Whilst potential replacement Mancini did occasionally utilise a similar system at City, he traditionally favoured a diamond whilst in charge at Inter (who are 14/1 to win the Europa League), so may need to dip into the January transfer window to tinker with his team.