Top Coaching Candidates for Inter Milan

James RiggioContributor ISeptember 21, 2011

Top Coaching Candidates for Inter Milan

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    After a 3-1 thumping to lowly Novara on Tuesday, Giampiero Gasperini can plan on calling his career as Inter's manager over. Certainly president Massimo Moratti (pictured) will look to make yet another coaching change.

    The new manager will become the fourth since Jose Mourinho left the club at the end of the 2009-10 season.

    The following candidates are in alphabetical order by last name.

Roberto Baggio

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    A recent media report said that Baggio could take over. He has been working on a coaching license, but has no experience managing.

Giuseppe Bergomi

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    Now this is someone who should be taken seriously, because he currently is moving up in the coaching ranks and is one of Inter's all-time greats on the field.

    He is working with Atalanta's youth system, generally one of the best in Italy, right now. Bergomi probably would not say no to a chance to coach Inter.

Pierluigi Casiraghi

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    Casiraghi never played for Inter, but the former Italian Under-21 team boss is from the Lombardy region and his name is occasionally thrown around for openings, even though he has never coached in Serie A.

    One of the issues with Inter is dealing with big-name players, and Casiraghi has the experience of having played with many top players.

Luigi Del Neri

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    Del Neri probably isn't the best choice for this job, nor is he the worst. While Giampiero Gasperini insists on a 3-5-2, Del Neri has his heart set on 4-4-2. But certainly Inter needs to have 4 in the back.

Marcello Lippi

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    Lippi is currently unemployed. He has already been with Inter before, which makes chances of him returning slim. But he may be willing to take the challenge of putting back together a team that has the ability to be one of the best in Europe again.'

    Lippi has the personality to be able to manage a team of superstars, which is something not all managers have.

Francesco Moriero

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    Some might wonder who this guy is. He's a former Inter player who has had some success in the lower levels of Italian soccer.

    Moriero is currently out of a job. While he doesn't have Serie A coaching experience, some think he has a bright future as a manager.

Claudio Ranieri

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    Ranieri is back in the broadcast booth for now and is an excellent color commentator.

    How long he remains in that role depends on how long it takes for the phone to ring.

    It will be interesting to see if Ranieri is interested in the Inter position, as he should be a leading candidate.

Delio Rossi

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    Like Ranieri, Rossi is another top Italian coach. Rossi enjoyed success with Lazio and was last with Palermo.

    He has never made the jump to an elite club, but he has shown that he is capable of doing so if given the opportunity.

Luciano Spalletti

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    Spalletti would be hard to come by because he is currently managing Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia. But he certainly is a coach that would have no difficulty finding a job if available.

Diego Simeone

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    Simeone is back coaching in Argentina. He finished last season in charge of Catania, his first job in Italy and he led the club to salvation in Serie A.

    His resume looks good right now. He is a former Inter player and played with captain Javier Zanetti, which would be a plus. If offered the job, chances are Simeone would be on the first plane to Milan.

Walter Zenga

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    Zenga has coached all over the world and has stated in the past that his dream job is to manage Inter. If there is a time to take over, now might be as good as any.

    The former longtime Inter goalkeeper will almost certainly accept the job if offered.

Gianfranco Zola

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    Zola has no club coaching experience in Italy. He coached West Ham United and didn't enjoy much success.

    Inter has far more talent than West Ham. But taking a top Italian club generally requires a great deal of experience.