After series of speculation and delays, Inter Milan finally made the final decision to sack Claudio Ranieri from his coaching role at Inter and the club has even appointed Inter’s youth team’s coach, Andrea Stramaccioni, as a temporary replacement.
“President Massimo Moratti and everyone at F.C. Internazionale 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 F.C. Internazionale 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,” read an official statement on Inter’ official site.
The sacking decision although not really surprising did came in a rather surprising manner as it was announced soon after president Massimo Moratti once again put his faith on Ranieri after the disappointing defeat against Juventus on Monday. This changes, means that this season, there has already been around three coaching changes at the Nerazzurri, a rather difficult situation indeed for Inter fans to see them achieving something important this season.
Stramaccioni’s success in the primavera might be seen as something positive that could aid the Nerazzurri’s progress this season, but it’s usually hard for an unexperienced youth team tactician to handle a senior team right out the blue. Not only that, taking on a big team like Inter in the final phase of the season isn’t actually a great timing either, considering things are already at a complicated stage while the players’ morale are obviously very low.
However, it seems that the Inter management think Ranieri might already lose control of the dressing room, so keeping him until the end of season might not bring anymore improvement for the Nerazzurri. Inter are still sitting at seventh place in Serie A and actually have some shot to qualify for the Champions League, although it’s very unlikely considering there are several teams in front of them that have better chance in finishing third.