Former AS Roma and FC Zenit St. Petersburg manager Luciano Spaletti has been confirmed as the new manager of Milanese and Italian giants FC Internazionale Milano (better known as Inter Milan) on Friday.
The former Empoli midfielder will take over the 3 time Champions League winners as the 10th manager in just 7 seasons. The 58 year old had earlier confirmed on Tuesday that he has agreed terms to take over the 18 times Serie A champs to restore them to their former greatness.
“F.C. Internazionale is delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti has been appointed as head coach of the first team,” the Chinese-owned club said in a statement on Friday.
Inter Milan had four appointed managers in the last season that saw them finish 7th. Starting the year with Roberto Mancini as the head coach, the Italian was sacked before the start of the season due to non agreement with the owners. He was replaced by former Ajax manager Frank De Boer, who also was sacked midway after 85 days at the helm of the club. His replacement, former SSC Lazio manager Stefano Pioli, started well but was sacked after a seven match win less run. Assistant coach Stefano Vecchi took over as the interim manager for the remainder of the season.
Inter has been craving to get back to past glory since Jose Mourinho led the club to a treble (Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League) in 2010. Inter have been absent from the UCL for a considerable period of time and their performances in the UEFA Europa League have also been pretty disheartening. They will have no European football next season after finishing outside the top 6. Rafael Benitez, Leonardo, Gian Piero Gasperini, Claudio Ranieri, Andrea Stramaccioni and Walter Mazzarri are the other managers who have managed Inter in the post Mourinho era at the San Siro.
Chinese electronics retailer Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd bought nearly 70 percent of Inter for 270 million Euros in June, less than three years after the club had been sold to a consortium led by Indonesian business tycoon Erick Thohir.
The club were owned by Massimo Moratti, whose family controls Italian oil refiner Saras, from 1995 to 2013.
Spalletti has had two spells at Roma, including leading them to a runner up spot in last season’s Serie A. He was also in charge of Zenit St Petersburg for four years, winning two Russian Premier League titles.