4 Coaching Replacements for Walter Mazzarri at Inter

Jack Alexandros Rathborn@@jackrathbornContributor IIIApril 13, 2014

4 Coaching Replacements for Walter Mazzarri at Inter

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    Antonio Calanni

    Walter Mazzarri has endured a tough season.

    To return Inter to the great times will be a massive task and Mazzarri has already made plenty of mistakes along the way.

    They have never been in the hunt for the top three, which will have disappointed the club, and they are scrapping for one of the Europa League places still.

    Erick Thohir must now decide whether to trust the former Napoli boss to guide the Nerazzurri back to glory, or opt for his own man.

    Here are four candidates.

Michael Laudrup

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    Lefteris Pitarakis

    Michael Laudrup was shockingly sacked by Swansea earlier this season, this after arguably guiding the Swans to the greatest season in their history.

    The Dane surely deserved better and the fact that the club entrusted rookie manager Garry Monk, makes the decision baffling.

    Laudrup will not be too gutted though, the big jobs will surely be just around the corner.

    The 49-year-old is reported by Talk Sport to be under consideration to replace Walter Mazzarri and return to the country that was his home during many years of his playing career.

    Having starred for Juventus and Lazio over six years, Laudrup's linguistic skills will not prevent him from succeeding immediately in Serie A.

    An attractive style of play has been the foundation throughout his 12-year managerial career thus far, and Inter would be right to strongly consider the Dane.

Jose Mourinho

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    Matt Dunham

    The greatest manager in Inter's history? Well, Helenio Herrera would also come into the conversation, but The Special One would be welcomed back to Inter with open arms.

    The Portuguese tactician has only just started his second spell in charge of Chelsea though, and despite Thohir's desire to make a big splash by persuading Mourinho to return, according to Football Italia, it remains a long shot.

    Mourinho, results permitting, will more than likely remain in the Premier League for another two seasons at least, so Inter will have to look elsewhere.

Luis Figo

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    Claude Paris

    Luis Figo is an interesting option, despite a lack of experience as a manager, one would imagine he could blossom into a fine coach.

    The Portuguese has left the door open for a career in management by telling GQ magazine, via Football Italia, that it is not his "intention to coach," unless he receives "an indisputable offer."

    Inter would probably fall into that category, given he also spent time at the club as a player and as a director.

    The Portuguese legend would likely command respect immediately given his reputation from his playing days.

    It would be a risk, but an exciting appointment that could be worthwhile given the project is only just beginning.

Diego Simeone

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    Paul White

    Diego Simeone is perhaps the most outstanding young manager in Europe.

    The Atletico Madrid boss has worked wonders in La Liga and is currently on the brink of making history by beating Real Madrid and Barcelona to the title.

    Not to mention the Champions League, where Simeone will attempt to beat Chelsea for a place in the final in Lisbon.

    An Inter player for two years Simeone is still held in high regard by the Nerazzurri.

    Pietro Lo Monaco, who appointed the Argentine as boss of Catania a few years ago, has stated to Tuttosport, via Football Italia, that he feels the former River Plate manager would be ideally suited to Inter.

    Whether Inter could tempt him away from the great success he is enjoying in Madrid is unclear, it may depend on how many of the current squad he will be allowed to maintain into next season.