Villas-Boas set for Italian job

Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as Inter Milan head coach after six months in charge.

The former AS Roma manager had a positive initial impact when he arrived following the sacking of Gian Piero Gasperini, but was unable to maintain the club’s consistency.  The Milanese giants have slipped to eight place in Serie A and out of the running for Champions League qualification as they now stand 10 points behind Lazio who sit in third place in the table holding the final Champions League qualification berth.  Ranieri’s dismissal comes in the aftermath of the Nerazzurri’s 2-0 defeat at Juventus on Sunday having been eliminated from the Champions League at the last 16 stage by Marseilles two weeks ago.

André Villas-Boas and Marcelo Bielsa has been installed as the bookie’s favourite to become Inter’s permanent manager with Andrea Stramaccioni set to take over until the end of the season.

Villas-Boas has long been rated by Inter president Massimo Moratti due to his likeness to Inter legend Jose Mourinho, while Bielsa has impressed at Athletic Bilbao this season.   The Argentine is under contract with the Basque club though, unlike Villas-Boas, who is a free agent following his sacking by Chelsea.


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