Inter Milan have announced that Gian Piero Gasperini will serve as manager next season. What Gasperini lacks in experience, he makes up for in success. As manager of Genoa, Gasperini earned promotion to Serie A before leading Genoa to a Europa League qualification. Gasperini signed a two-year contract with Inter today.
Gasperini will face more pressure at Inter than he has ever experienced before. While Genoa is the fourth most successful team in Italian football history, they have not won a top-flight title since 1924. Inter will expect success right away. Gasperini will not have time to assemble players who fit his style. He will have to work with players who have huge talent and huge egos.
Gasperini played from a young age in the Juventus youth system. Unfortunately, he never made the step to the first team. His best moments as a player came with Pescara where he finally earned the opportunity to play in Serie A. Gian Piero scored 21 times in 160 appearances in Serie A for Pescara.
Gasperini’s coaching career began in the same place as his youth career. He spent nine years coaching different youth teams for Juventus. Gasperini took the chance to manage when he took over at Crotone in 2003. He led them to promotion to Serie B but decided to move to a bigger club in Genoa.
Gasperini became known at Genoa for his attacking philosophy. He used this philosophy to take Genoa from Serie B to fifth place in Serie A. Jose Mourinho praised Gasperini in 2009 calling him “the manager who gave me most difficulty” in Italy. Genoa sacked Gasperini in November due to a sluggish start. Clearly, that decision was made because of the success Gasperini brought to the club. Genoa made a hasty move, and now Inter Milan could benefit.
How do Nerazzurri supporters feel about this? Gasperini is clearly a talented tactician but can he succeed at a big club. He is a Juventus product as both a player and coach. Is anyone better than Leonardo? We will just have to wait and see how Gasperini handles the pressure because the Inter manager is always sitting in a hot seat.