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Inter Milan name former Roma boss Spalletti as new head coach

Date Posted,June 8, 2017

Inter Milan have appointed Luciano Spalletti as the club’s new head coach.

Spalletti has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal at San Siro, to become the Nerazzurri’s fifth coach in the space of a year.

The 58-year-old guided Roma to second place in Serie A with an impressive 87-point haul last season but off-field issues hastened his exit from the Stadio Olimpico last month

The ex-Zenit coach grew frustrated with his treatment by certain sections of the Rome media towards the end of the season, with the issue revolving around the playing time and impending retirement of Francesco Totti.

Having elected to leave the Giallorossi, Tuscan-born Spalletti will now seek to restore Inter to former glories after another difficult season for the 2010 European champions.

Spalletti grew frustrated at criticism of him in Rome (Photo: REUTERS)
Spalletti has signed a two-year deal (Photo: Inter via Getty Images)

A club statement declared: “FC Internazionale is delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti has been appointed as head coach of the first team.

“The new coach, who has signed a two-year contract, will be unveiled at a media conference at Suning Training Centre in memory of Angelo Moratti next Wednesday at 12:00 CET. He will take his first training session with the team on Monday 3 July.”

The Milan giants finished seventh last season during an underwhelming campaign under first Frank de Boer and then Stefano Pioli.

A fourth defeat in a row back in April saw Pioli sacked, leaving a sour taste in the mouth of many supporters who still backed the ex-Lazio boss.

Former Inter boss Stefano Pioli (Photo: AFP)

During the game after his departure, the Curva Nord held up a banner hitting out at club officials, declaring: “Thank you Mister Pioli, the only Interista ‘actor’ in the middle of a team of unworthy players and a club of cameo roles.”

The club’s owners are under increasing pressure from a fan base who have seen them fall well off the pace set by Juventus in recent seasons.

Spalletti will now look to close the gap on the Bianconeri and is set to be backed heavily by the club’s owners, the Suning Group.

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