Andrea-RanocchiaInter captain Andrea Ranocchia has expressed his sadness at the departure of coach Walter Mazzarri but insists that the club must now focus on the future, starting with Sunday’s derby against city rivals AC Milan.

Mazzarri was sacked last week following a string of poor results and has been replaced by Roberto Mancini who returns for a second spell in charge of the Nerazzurri.

“We will try to bring Inter back to the top, beginning as early as Sunday,” Ranocchia told Sky Sport Italia. “It will be a great game, we have to aim for victory.”

mancini-inter-newInter fans expecting for Roberto Mancini and the Nerazzurri to make a splash in the upcoming January transfer window, are going to be disappointed according to Inter general manager Marco Fassone.

Fassone was quoted as telling reporters at the Gazzetta dello Sport’s ‘Bello del Calcio’ awards.

“We’re enthusiastic about Mancio,”

“Paying the salaries of two Coaches [Mancini and Mazzarri] weighs heavily on the balance sheet, and will affect what we do in the transfer market, but Mancini thinks our squad is one of excellent quality.”

mancini-inter-newRoberto Mancini has expressed his delight at being named Inter Milan‘s new coach, and is determined to reverse the club’s fortunes and challenge Juventus at the top of Serie A.

Mancini, 49, was appointed as Nerazzurri coach for the second time in his career following the sacking of Walter Mazzarri on Friday, with a poor start to the season leaving Inter 12 points adrift of the Bianconeri in seventh position.

The former Manchester City manager — who won the 2011-12 Premier League title as well as three scudettos at the San Siro between 2004 and 2008 — is focused on turning the team into title challengers, and says it is up to him and the players to engage the supporters.

Will Mancini Go Three At The Back Or Four?

by David on November 15, 2014

mancini-inter-trainingFormer Inter boss Walter Mazzarri was heavily criticised by fans for his insistence on playing with a back three but new boss Roberto Mancini seemed to indicate in his press conference today that a move to a back four would not be automatic.

“In all honesty, I have no big problems with tactics, as I played with three at the back at Man City and Galatasaray. This is why I want to talk to the players and see what they think, the system they feel works best for them, and then I’ll decide.”

Mancini: Inter need to start winning again

by David on November 15, 2014

mancini-inter-pressRoberto Mancini said he hopes to get stuttering Inter Milan back to winning ways quickly after returning to the Serie A giants for a second spell as coach on a two-and-a-half-year deal on Saturday.

“I don’t have a magic wand,” Mancini told reporters in Milan. “In football you don’t have much time. So as of today, we have to start working hard and get back to winning as soon as possible.”

I need to get to know the squad first. It’s not so easy to sign players in January to immediately strengthen a squad, as he either has to be a world class star or he’s likely to take time to settle. We need to see what is needed and what we can do with the current team.

Mancini Wants Premier League Loans In January

by David on November 14, 2014

mancini-interNew Inter Coach Roberto Mancini looks to Premier League loans Vlad Chiriches, Matija Nastasic, Fabio Borini, Joel Campbell and Mohamed Salah.

The former Manchester City and Galatasaray manager was brought in today to replace Walter Mazzarri at San Siro.

President Erick Thohir confirmed there will be reinforcements in January, but the club cannot spend much due to Financial Fair Play restrictions.

According to Italian reports, Mancini is looking to the Premier League for possible loan deals. Potential defenders include Chiriches of Tottenham, who has also been linked with Juventus, and Manchester City’s ex-Fiorentina player Nastasic.

Moratti: ‘We Needed Mancini’

by David on November 14, 2014

mancini-morattiEx-Inter President Massimo Moratti is “sorry for Walter Mazzarri,” but hiring Roberto Mancini was “necessary.”

Moratti resigned as Honorary President last month, reportedly due to his disagreement with patron Erick Thohir over whether to sack Mazzarri.

“I’m sorry for Mazzarri, who certainly gave his all to do well,” Moratti told Sky Sport Italia.

“I am happy for Mancini and hope for the best. He is a great Coach, a hard worker and that is what is necessary right now.”

Moratti was asked whether Mazzarri’s dismissal had become inevitable.

Bentornato Roberto Mancini

by David on November 14, 2014

manciniRoberto Mancini has been confirmed as the new Inter Coach, replacing Walter Mazzarri, as the Nerazzurri moved quickly to fill their vacant managerial spot. Mancini has reportedly signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, worth €4m net plus bonuses a season

“Today I made the difficult decision to suspend Walter Mazzarri as Head Coach,” wrote President Erick Thohir in a statement.

“It was a decision that I reached in conjunction with my Management Team. It was a difficult decision because he has been continuously supportive of the direction that we have wanted to take the Club, and he has worked tirelessly and selflessly for Inter, with both belief and passion.

On the back of Walter Mazzarri’s sacking as Inter head coach, we compare the Serie A performances of his Inter side compared to that of Roberto Mancini between 2004 and 2008, who is rumoured to be succeeding Mazzarri at the San Siro.

Paolillo Likes Mancini To Replace Mazzarri

by David on November 14, 2014

manciniFormer CEO Ernesto Paolillo believes that Roberto Mancini will give Inter a much needed jolt, if the tactician replaces Walter Mazzarri as expected.

Mancini spent four years at Inter, before being replaced by Jose Mourinho in 2008, and Paolillo is sure that the former Lazio Coach is the man to lift the club from their current slump.

“Mancini is well aware of the environment and the club,” Paolilo told Tuttomercatoweb.

“He did well in the past, and I think he’s a safe choice.