Roberto Mancini has been confirmed as the new coach of Inter Milan. The news means that the former Manchester City boss will embark on a second spell in charge of the Nerazzurri, having first coached the club between 2004 and 2008.
The former Italian international was most recently in charge of Turkish club Galatasaray, who he left in the summer. He replaces Walter Mazzarri, who was sacked on Friday with the club ninth in the Italian Serie A table.
A statement from Inter owner Erick Thohir read: “Today I made the difficult decision to dismiss Walter Mazzarri as head coach. It was a decision that I reached in conjunction with my management team. It was a difficult decision because he has been continuously supportive of the direction that we have wanted to take the club, and he has worked tirelessly and selflessly for Inter, with both belief and passion.
“I would like to thank him sincerely for his efforts. However, our goal is to regain our rightful position as one of the very top clubs in Europe and that’s why I am so happy to welcome back Roberto Mancini. His track record both at Inter and elsewhere speaks for itself, and his experience and hunger for success will drive the team to the next level.”
Inter won three consecutive Serie A titles during Mancini’s first spell at the San Siro, and he also led Manchester City to a dramatic English Premier League title success in 2012 when Sergio Aguero’s late goal snatched the title away from local rivals United.
Mazzarri’s dismissal came after a 2-2 home draw with Verona in their last outing. Inter are currently 12 points behind leaders Juventus after just four wins from their 11 league games to date, although they top their Europa League group with an unbeaten record from four matches. Inter said Mancini would be presented to the media at a press conference on Saturday afternoon at the club’s Appiano Gentile training ground.