Yesterday, the Nerazzuri concluded their search for a new manager by appointing Gian Piero Gasperini.
Gasperini previously managed the Italian sides Crotone and Genoa. At both clubs, he was able to lead his team to promotion and had a fantastic season with Genoa in the 2008-2009. That year he took them to a fifth place finish, which was their best finish in 19 years. It also earned them a spot in the Europa League.
Genoa won over lots of fans with the exciting brand of football that they played and their willingness to always attack no matter whom they were playing. Many people thought Genoa would continue their success and take the next step and qualify for the Champions League. However, this year they got off to an incredibly poor start and after just 10 games, Gasperini was fired.
Gasperini was not the top choice for team president Massimo Moratti, neither was he the man I was hoping for as well. Allegedly, Inter contacted Marcelo Bielsa, Andre Villas-Boas, Fabio Capello, and Sinisa Mihajlovic—all before Gasperini.
Capello was the man that I wanted to see for the job. He has had an amazing career in club football, winning the Serie A with three different clubs and the Champions League on one occasion. However, there are reasons why I am willing to give Gasperini a chance.
Despite being fired from Genoa, he overachieved with the talent that he had and also had his team playing beautiful soccer. Hopefully, this will attract top talents to Inter and convince players like Sneijder and Eto’o to stay.
In addition, Gasperini has drawn high praise from both Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, arguably the two best managers in the game. It is rumored that Ferguson wanted Gasperini as his assistant and successor. Moreover, Mourinho also described him as one of the most difficult managers that he has ever had to manage against.
Gasperini also has experience managing a couple of current Inter players. He was very influential in rejuvenating the careers of Diego Milito and Thiago Motta. Those two are, no doubt, very pleased by this signing, and this was surely a factor in the decision to appoint Gasperini.
Overall, I am willing to give him a shot, and hopefully it works out. Gasperini is Inter’s fourth manager in three seasons, and it is critical that he is successful for the stability of the club.