Internazionale have fired coach Gian Piero Gasperini after a mere five games in charge of the Neazzurri.
The former Genoa manager was relieved of his duties on Wednesday morning following a defeat to newly-promoted Novara on Tuesday evening. The 3-1 reverse was Gasperini’s fourth loss in only five matches, with the other result a 0-0 draw against Roma.
A statement from Inter read: “Inter announces that today’s training session has been carried out by Daniele Bernazzani and Giuseppe Baresi.
“The club wishes to thank Gian Piero Gasperini for the effort shown during his tenure and manifests its true disappointment for the interruption of the relationship with the coach.”
Gasperini arrived at the San Siro in the summer on the back of a successful spell with Genoa. Nonetheless, the Italian was not one of owner Massimo Moratti’s top targets to take over from Leonardo when the Brazilian moved to take a Directors role at PSG.
Moratti made an offer to the then-Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas, who would go on to join Chelsea, whilst he also inquired about England manager Fabio Capello and spoke to former Argentina and Chile boss Marcelo Bielsa. However, Bielsa had already given his word to Athletic Bilbao, whilst Capello wanted to see out the season with England, ending at Euro 2012.
In effect, the Gasperini move was more an audition for the 53-year-old, a mere marriage of convenience, than his job for keeps.
Had he proved successful, by guiding the side to the Serie A title and in turn enhancing his own reputation, then he may well have kept his position at the end of the season. Had he won nothing, he would have in all likelihood been sacked come May.
Yet the problems that he had – in trying to force his preferred 3-4-3 formation on a squad who struggled to adapt to his style and methods – showed no sign of abating, even at this early juncture, whilst results were abysmal, including a Super Cup defeat to bitter rivals Milan and a shock 1-0 home defeat to Trabzonspor in the Champions League.
And when Esteban Cambiasso was seen instructing Andrea Ranocchia to go against his managers instructions and switch the defence to a back four in the Novara defeat, then the managers position was untenable…Despite his proclaimations that the relationship between the squad and himself was at on ‘optimum’ level. Gasperini had lost his players.
The mission for Moratti is now to bring someone in who can save Inter’s season, and guide them back into title contention. With only three league games down, it is far from impossible.
Already mooted for the vacant position are two former Chelsea managers: Carlo Ancelotti and Claudio Ranieri, with the ‘Tinkerman’ the bookmakers favourite for the hot-seat.