Inter Milan have announced that they have relieved first team head coach Walter Mazzarri of his duties. The club released an official statement on their website confirming the sacking of Mazzarri, who had been in charge of Inter for seventeen months.
“FC Internazionale would like to announce that Walter Mazzarri has been relieved if his duties as first team coach,” the statement reads.
“The club would like to thank Mazzarri for the commitment, dedication and professionalism he showed over his 17 months in charge.”
Assistant Giuseppe Baresi will take over training of the squad until a replacement is found.
Mazzari had come under increasing pressure from the media and supporters after a poor start to the season which has seen the Nerazzurri slip to ninth place in Serie A. Inter Milan president Erick Thohir had publically backed the under-fire coach in recent weeks, but his decision to take action has now been confirmed by the club.
Roberto Mancini is expected to be announced as Mazzarri’s replacement. The Italian boss previously spent four years at the San Siro between 2004-08, winning three Scudetti and two Coppa Italias before being replaced by Jose Mourinho.
After a year outside of coaching, Mancini would then move on to Manchester City for four seasons where he would win the Premier League title and a FA Cup. The 49-year-old was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini in 2013 and would eventually take charge of Galatasary.
The Italian would go on to surprise football experts by leading his Turkish side out of the Champions League group stages and into the Round of 16, where they were eliminated by Chelsea. Mancini would also win the Turkish Cup with the club before leaving during the summer of 2014 over a reported dispute with ownership of its transfer policy.
Speculation in Italian press is that the appointment of Mancini to Inter Milan is imminent.