Mourinho named Inter coach

Italian champions Inter Milan today named Jose Mourinho as their new coach. The 45-year-old former Chelsea manager signed a three-year deal. Inter did not reveal the value of Mourinho's contract, but the Italian press have speculated that the Portuguese would earn almost nine million euros a season.

"F.C. Internazionale announces the arrival of Jose Mourinho," the club said on its official website. "The Portuguese coach has signed a three-year contract and will work alongside Rui Farias, Silvino and Andrei Villas Boas."

Mourinho's assistant coach will be former Inter and Italy midfielder Giuseppe Baresi, previously in charge of the club's youth teams, it added. Mourinho replaces Roberto Mancini, who was sacked on Thursday despite having just led the Nerazzurri to a third successive league title.

"Thanking Roberto Mancini and his staff for the success obtained in four seasons as the leader of the team, all of Internazionale has the great pleasure to welcome Jose Mourinho and his coaches," the club said.

Mourinho has been out of the game since leaving Chelsea by mutual consent early last season. He had won two English Premier League titles with the London club, the FA Cup and two League Cups in just over three seasons.

Before that he coached Porto to the UEFA Champions League crown, UEFA Cup, two league titles and a Portuguese Cup in an incredible two-year period from 2002.