Having confirmed the dismissal of manager Roberto Mancini this morning, Internazionale hope to have his successor in place early this week.
Multiple sources suggest, to the point where it would appear to be a forgone conclusion, that Mancini is set to be replaced by former Ajax boss Frank de Boer.
Inter’s plans for the new season were thrown into chaos today when Mancini was relieved of his duties, bringing an end to a period of hostility between the now former Nerazzurri manager and owners Suning Holdings.
In a statement released on their website, Suning Holdings thanked Mancini for his efforts over the past two seasons (while also appearing to take a swipe at the side’s apparent capitulation from being league leaders last Christmas):
“F.C. Internazionale Milano confirms that it has parted company with head coach Roberto Mancini by mutual agreement.
“Inter would like to place on record its thanks to Roberto for the work carried out with the team since joining in November 2014.
“Last season the Club led Serie A until the Christmas break, ending the season in fourth place and qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.
“We thank Roberto for the work and commitment he has shown the Club over the past 20 months.”
Mancini began his second spell at the San Siro in November 2014, emerging as the surprise choice to replace Walter Mazzarri. He guided them to eighth place in the Serie A table in his first season, also reaching the last 16 of the Europa League.
His second season was more successful, though despite leading the table at the winter break, their relatively poor form in the second half of the campaign saw them finish 13 points behind third-placed Roma in the final Champions League spot.
Despite Mancini’s constant pleading with the board to strengthen, the club have been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer. Italian international Antonio Candreva arrived from Lazio for €25m last week, but outside of that they have been mostly limited to free transfers and inexpensive signings.
De Boer is due in Milan in the coming days (if not sooner) to put the finishing touches on his move to Inter. The 46-year-old has been without a club since leaving Ajax – where he won four Eredivisie titles in six years as manager – at the end of last season, and despite publicly revealing an interest in managing in the Premier League in the past, he will now be plying his trade in Serie A for the foreseeable future.
His first match in charge of Inter is likely to be the friendly against Celtic in Limerick on Saturday, with the domestic season beginning the following weekend.