Inter Milan are set to name former Roma manager Luciano Spalletti as their new head coach. The 58-year-old guided La Maggica to a second place finish in last season’s Serie A.
Before flying to China to meet with the owners of the club, Spalletti told reporters that ‘everything is in place’ for him to become the next manager of one of Europe’s most famous clubs (via Football Italia):
“We’ve shaken hands. We’ll need to arrange a press conference, then if we work in the correct manner we’ll do regular things.”
Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio will accompany Spalletti on his trip. He added that they were going together to make a presentation to the owners.
“It’s a simple thing, the least we can do. The facts are clear, we’ve never talked, we only thought and the only thing we thought about was bringing Spalletti to Inter.
“Just as soon as there was a chance to do that we made it feasible. It’s still not official, but everything is going in this direction.”
The Italian boasts an impressive managerial record, winning two promotions with Empoli. He also guided Udinese to the Champions League, won two Coppa Italia crowns with Roma and two Russian Premier League titles as well as a Russian Cup with Zenit St. Petersburg. His win percentage stands at an impressive 47 per cent throughout his managerial career.
With Spalletti’s unveiling appearing to be a formality, it will be interesting to see the transfer policy he adopts and the success he brings to a club which has acquired a reputation for sacking managers who do not bring about instant glory.
Having coveted the likes of Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino for the position, it is quite clear how high a regard the Inter Milan board hold Spalletti in, as they trust him as the man to bring back Champions League football to the San Siro while competing on domestic fronts to end Juventus’ recent dominance.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena