Inter Milan have announced the signing of Gian Piero Gasperini as their new head coach. The former Genoa coach was widely tipped to be the favorite for the job after moves for some of the other candidates did not come to fruition.
Gasperini is highly regarded for his work with Genoa. He led the team to promotion and made them a force to be reckoned with in Serie A. They finished as high as fifth in the 2008/09 season.
A poor start to the 2010/11 season saw Gasperini fired from Genoa. Being a free agent made the deal a lot more attractive for Inter who were not willing to pay the huge buyout clauses associated with Capello and Boas-Villas’ contracts.
Gasperini is renowned for his attacking style of play. His favorite formation is a 3-4-3 with focus on wing-play and crisp one-touch football. He is known to be able to spot young and talented players early.
Given Inter’s unwillingness to spend over the top in the last two transfer seasons, this may prove to be a smart move in more ways than one.
Current Inter starts Diego Milito and Thiago Motta were formerly coached by Gasperini while at Geona and could play a big role in the coming term.
The official presentation is expected to be announced in a few days. For all the Nerazzurri faithful, the wait for a coach is finally over. On the face of it, the President and management have made a good decision. Though without their support, he will find himself in a similar position to Benitez in December of last year.