The manager merry-go-round at Inter Milan continues to whizz at full speed as Claudio Ranieri is chucked off, after a run of games that saw just one win in 10.
It was the second time the Nerazzurri had disposed of their gaffer this season, having given Gian Piero Gasperini the boot earlier on in the campaign. And it means they are going for the hat-trick of managers in just one season, an impressive feat.
Youth team coach Andrea Stramaccioni has been handed the reigns for the time being, although how long he will last at the helm is up for debate. He is, though, favourite to still be in the dugout come the 1st September at a very low 2.00.
Stramaccioni is in fact the most successful Inter manager this season already having led his team of spotty oiks to victory in the Nike NextGen series, defeating Ajax in the final on Sunday. He will, though, now have to go from working with a brilliant bunch of youngsters to the equivalent to the cast of Last Of The Summer Wine. The Inter team is one of the oldest in Serie A with names like Javier Zanetti, Walter Samuel and Dejan Stankovic still floating about and picking up their pension.
For the second time this campaign, the debate on who will be the next Inter manager is raging again and the name’s have not changed much. Back in September, when Gasperini was kicked out of Milanelo, Andre Villas-Boas was in charge of Chelsea, had great hair, and although things weren’t quite panning out as expected, the future looked bright. Now it’s March, he’s unemployed, still has great hair, and looking for a job. And at 3.50 is third favourite – and a good bet - to get the Inter gig.
AVB’s stock is still relatively high having won the domestic and European treble at Porto before his brief flop at Chelsea. But general consensus is that his sacking from Stamford Bridge was a rash move from the Blues hierarchy, meaning he can still rely on some big job offers coming in.
Elsewhere, France coach and supply teacher look-a-like Laurent Blanc is second favourite at 3.00 having turned around the fortunes of Les Bleus - from moody Gallic prima donnas to exciting, young snazzy team that are a dark horse to take the Euro 2012 title this summer.
Then there is Athletic Club de Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa, whose stock has risen quicker than a loaf of freshly baked bread in the oven after taking his little team from northern Spain to the Europa League quarter-finals, dispatching of Manchester United, no less, on the way. He is backed at 15.00 to swap Spain for Italy, although given the progression of both clubs it’s hard to see why he would do that.
Meanwhile, Catania coach and former aeroplane celebration pioneer Vincenzo Montella is 20.00 to get offered the gig, current Italy gaffer Cesare Prandelli is 10.00 and the old man of Italian football Zdenek Zeman, who has been kicking around Serie A for so long the whole place smells of him, is a very long 50.00
It’s not a good time to be an Inter fan right now, but the options for the Nerazzurri do look promising.