May 24, 2013, 4:25 PM EST
This summer’s A-list managerial swaps continue, as Internazionale officially announced they have sacked Andrea Stramaccioni and hired Napoli’s Walter Mazzarri.
Usually a Champions League contender, Inter finished ninth place in Serie A this season, horrific by their standards.
The brief statement on their website said, “FC Internazionale would like to thank Andrea Stramaccioni for the great commitment and professionalism he showed in a particularly difficult year.”
Difficult is an understatement. Just three years off a treble with Jose Mourinho at the helm, they’ve had four managers sacked since then. They have come up €47 million in the negative in net transfer dealings since, despite the departures of Wesley Sneijder, Mattia Destro, and Philippe Coutinho. They finished this season on five consecutive defeats, a fitting end at San Siro.
Mazzarri, on the other hand, led Napoli to a wildly successful season, finishing second and holding off a surging AC Milan down the stretch. Before Napoli, Mazzarri struggled to find a long-term position, spending time at 5 Italian clubs over a span of 8 seasons. He led the Azzuri to two Champions League spots and a Europa League appearance.
As more managerial changes continue to be announced, it’s looking more and more possible like top teams Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter, Chelsea, PSG, and Manchester City could all see a change.
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