Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has agreed to return to Inter Milan to take over the reins at the Italian Serie A club. Inter announced the move on November 14 after they sacked Walter Mazzarri the same day. Mancini is familiar with the Inter setup since he managed the side from 2004 to 2008. The former Italian international’s last job was with Turkish team Galatasaray, but he left the club during the summer. Mazzarri was fired as Inter sits in ninth place in the league table and Mancini has agreed to a 2.5-year contract.
Erick Thohir, the owner of Inter Milan released a press statement to the media which said, “Today I made the difficult decision to dismiss Walter Mazzarri as head coach. 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.”
Thohir went on to add, “I would like to thank him sincerely for his efforts. However, our goal is to regain our rightful position as one of the very top clubs in Europe and that’s why I am so happy to welcome back Roberto Mancini. His track record both at Inter and elsewhere speaks for itself, and his experience and hunger for success will drive the team to the next level.”
Mancini managed to lead the team to three straight Serie A championships during his first stint with Inter and he also led Man City to the English Premier League crown in the 2011/12 campaign. Thohir obviously believes Mancini’s the right man to get the squad back on the right track as they are already 12 points behind league-leading and defending champions Juventus. Inter has won just four of their first 11 league matches, but they’re unbeaten after four Europa League contests.