Inter sack Ranieri, turn to Stramaccioni
Inter Milan have turned to youth team coach Andrea Stramaccioni to turn around the ailing fortunes of the senior side after sacking Claudio Ranieri.
Inter announced in a statement on their website that Stramaccioni, who this weekend led I Nerazzurri's youngsters to victory in the inaugural NextGen Series, was to take charge of the first team tomorrow in place of Ranieri.
The vastly-experienced Ranieri replaced Gian Piero Gasperini in September but was unable to turn around Inter's season, with yesterday's 2-0 defeat by Juventus extending a woeful run that has seen them win only one of their last ten Serie A matches.
That dismal sequence has left them down in eighth place, ten points adrift of the UEFA Champions League places and 22 behind league-leading rivals AC Milan. The loss to Juventus was also their 12th league defeat of the campaign, only one shy of the club record of 13 suffered in 1947/48.
The Inter statement read: "President Massimo Moratti and everyone at Inter would like to offer their sincere thanks to Claudio Ranieri and his staff for the professionalism and commitment they showed over recent months in charge of the team.
"Furthermore Inter would like to report that Andrea Stramaccioni - the coach of the Primavera team, who won the NextGen Series - will take charge of the first team. The club wishes Andrea Stramaccioni the best of luck as he will join up with the team tomorrow at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti."
Success for Stramaccioni
Inter confirmed in a second announcement that Stramaccioni would be officially presented to the media tomorrow. Despite yesterday's loss, Ranieri had appeared to have been given a vote of confidence by Moratti.
When asked if the 60-year-old, who counts the likes of Chelsea, Juve, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Fiorentina and Roma among his former clubs, was the man to see Inter through to end of the season, Moratti said: "I think so.''
However, Inter have now decided to give Stramaccioni the reins. Stramaccioni guided Inter's youngsters to victory in the NextGen Series following a penalty shoot-out victory over Ajax in yesterday's final in London. Inter are next in action against Genoa at home on Sunday.