After another disappointing finish to the Serie A season, Inter Milan has reportedly fired its manager Andrea Stramaccioni as of Friday.
The San Francisco Chronicle broke the news, and the report indicates that the decision wasn't announced to the public immediately but that Stramaccioni had been informed of the situation.
There wasn't much of a chance for the 37-year-old Stramaccioni to establish himself or garner any kind of staying power, especially with his contract running through 2015. He took over the Black and Blues in late March of 2012, and they finished out the Serie A campaign in sixth place.
In Stramaccioni's first and only full season at the helm, though, the results weren't as good, as Inter Milan finished ninth in the standings and won as many fixtures as it lost.
That has the Black and Blues out of European competition, failing to qualify for the first time in 16 years. Although Stramaccioni met with club president Massimo Moratti and had an encouraging discussion about his future, it appears that was misleading.
Even before Stramaccioni was sacked, Moratti did not rule out a return by Roberto Mancini, according to Football Italia (h/t Fox Sports). The former Inter coach was recently let go following a successful but turbulent tenure as manager of the English Premier League's Manchester City.
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Mancini guided Inter Milan to five consecutive Serie A titles before he left, and with his demanding, hard-nosed style of coaching, led Manchester City to second place in the EPL this season.
As the initial report highlights, the replacement may actually be former Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri, a rumor that Moratti tried to dispel on Thursday. It will be interesting to see what this storied organization does in terms of its coaching search, as this will be Inter's third manager in approximately 14 months.
Stramaccioni didn't get the benefit of the doubt, despite injuries to Rodrigo Palacio, Diego Milito and Antonio Cassano—among others—which depleted Inter's offensive attack.
The Black and Blues are hoping to find stability in the managerial position for the foreseeable future in order to become a perennial Serie A contender and world football powerhouse once again.