Inter Milan fires Walter Mazzarri, names Roberto Mancini head coach

Friday November 14th, 2014

Inter Milan fired Walter Mazzarri on Friday after just 17 months on the job and named Roberto Mancini as its new manager, the team announced.

Mazzarri, 53, was hired by Inter Milan in May 2013 on a two-year contract. Inter stumbled to a fifth-place in Serie A last season and have only won four of their 11 matches this season.

The club currently sits in ninth place in Serie A.

The team said that Friday's training session will be led by technical assistant Giuseppe Baresi.

The club thanked Mazzarri for his "commitment, dedication and professionalism he showed over his 17 months in charge,” and Inter Milan president Erick Thohir said the decision to let Mazzarri go was "difficult" because he had been supportive of the direction of the team.

"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," Thohir said, according to the club's announcement. "His track record both at Inter and elsewhere speaks for itself, and his International experience and hunger for success will I know drive the team to the next level."

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Mancini, who previously managed Galatasaray and Manchester City, also coached Inter Milan for five seasons, leading the club to three straight Serie A titles from 2005-2008. 

Inter's next match is against AC Milan on Nov. 23.

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