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Inter Milan Part Ways with Manager Luciano Spalletti After 2 Seasons

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 30, 2019

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 26:  FC Internazionale coach Luciano Spalletti looks on during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Empoli FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 26, 2019 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
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Inter Milan have confirmed manager Luciano Spalletti has left his role as manager after two seasons with the club. 

The Nerazzurri finished fourth in Serie A and qualified for next season's UEFA Champions League on the last day of the season, but Inter announced Spalletti's departure on Thursday:

Inter @Inter_en

FC Internazionale Milano can confirm that Luciano Spalletti is no longer Head Coach of the First Team. The Club wishes to thank Spalletti for his work and the results achieved together. #FCIM

The former AS Roma and Zenit St. Petersburg coach arrived at the San Siro in 2017 and is expected to be replaced by ex-Juventus and Italy boss Antonio Conte, per Ben Gladwell of ESPN FC.

Spalletti, 60, has left Inter despite guiding the club to successive top-four finishes in Serie A for the first time since 2010-11.

Journalist Siavoush Fallahi paid tribute to the Italian after his exit was confirmed:

Siavoush Fallahi @SiavoushF

Two years. Two champions league spots. Handled all kinds of difficulties. All my respect to Luciano Spalletti and his team. You honored the shirt https://t.co/WjlFysgJoF

Inter won 46 of their 90 matches under Spalletti and lost 20 times with him as coach. Per Transfermarkt, the 1.80 points per match he earned is worse than his record at Zenit or in either of his stints with Roma.

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The Nerazurri also failed to progress past the UEFA Champions League group stage, which is sure to have disappointed the club's hierarchy. They posted an almost identical record as Group B runners-up and eventual finalists Tottenham Hotspur but missed out on away goals while Barcelona finished top.

Simon Stone of BBC Sport wrote earlier in May that Conte was expected to make his managerial return in Serie A, having yet to return to the sport since he left Chelsea's helm in the summer of 2018.

Sky Sport Italia's Fabrizio Romano reported his Inter appointment was expected prior to Saturday's UEFA Champions League final: 

Fabrizio Romano @FabrizioRomano

Antonio Conte will sign his contract as new Inter manager on next week and will be at Wanda Metropolitano for the UCL final with Marotta and Ausilio. ✍🏻🔜 #Inter

Spalletti holds a reputation as one of Italy's best active managers, one who clinched back-to-back Coppa Italia titles with Roma in 2007 and 2008,  as well as winning the Russian Premier League on two occasions. 

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