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Will Gasperini last at Inter?
Unproven at the very top level and having always shown a penchant for a leaky three at the back, the former Genoa boss was undoubtedly not Inter’s first choice when Leonardo left after only six months to seek a new challenge in the boardroom at Paris St Germain.
For various reasons, Inter could not find anyone more accomplished and after going through Jose Mourinho, Rafa Benitez and Leonardo in just a year, the club thought an Italian coach who at least understood Serie A in detail would be a decent if unspectacular appointment.
However, three opening losses including Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Champions League group stage debutants Trabzonspor has prompted Italian media to suggest Gasperini will be sacked if the 2010 European Cup winners lose this weekend’s league clash with AS Roma.
Looking for a fifth boss in just over 12 months would not appeal to president Massimo Moratti, but neither would another season of woe.
His hands are tied by a rule which says Serie A bosses can not manage two top-flight Italian teams in one season so a move for Napoli’s Walter Mazzarri is impossible.
Some fans think Moratti should have made that move in the close season while Zenit St Petersburg’s Luciano Spalletti won many admirers in Italy with his Roma side’s stylish play.
Marcello Lippi, a flop at Inter between great spells at Juventus, has said he will not manage in Italy again and out-of-work Carlo Ancelotti is too closely associated with AC Milan.
One thing is for sure. If the combustible Mourinho had a not altogether unlikely bust-up with Real Madrid, Inter would welcome him back with open arms despite the Portuguese walking out on the club.
A treble counts for a lot when you can’t even win three games.