Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti & the top candidates to replace Gian Piero Gasperini as Inter coach

With the 53-year-old's time at the Nerazzurri looking to be up after Tuesday night's shock 3-1 defeat at Novara, just who can the club call on if they decide to replace him
By Kris Voakes | Italian Football Editor

It may have only taken five competitive games, but already talk on the streets of Milan suggests that the patience of the fans has worn out with Inter coach Gian Piero Gasperini. With four defeats to his name, there are serious misgivings over the former Genoa tactician’s ability to grab the bull by the horns and drag the Nerazzurri back up to the top of Serie A.

It is only 16 months since Jose Mourinho cried on the shoulder of Marco Materazzi on his way out of the hotseat, but the squad he left behind has changed dramatically, and so have Inter’s fortunes.

And it now appears that the shock defeat to Serie A new boys Novara at Stadio Silvio Piola on Tuesday night might be the final nail in the coffin of Gasperini, just three months after he replaced Leonardo.

But with countless prospective coaches having turned the club down before they eventually turned to Gasperini in the summer, who will Inter turn to this time? runs through a list of potential candidates.


The obvious sticking point in any bid to appoint the man relieved of his duties at Chelsea this summer would be his history with AC Milan. One Scudetto and two Champions Leagues were won by the Rossoneri during Ancelotti’s eight years in charge at Milanello, before his move to Stamford Bridge yielded a league and cup double at the first attempt.

Though he clearly has that Midas touch, Massimo Moratti and Marco Branca may want to steer away from another controversial appointment at this juncture. Mind you, didn’t we say that about Leonardo too?!


Undoubtedly a wildcard, but Baresi could be just what the club needs right now. With three successive coaches now having seemed on a different wavelength to the players either mentally or technically, the need to unite the players and the technical staff has never been greater.

And with 10 years of service at Inter (as well as 16 as a player), including the last three with the first team, the No. 2 could be the right choice for the top job. His day-to-day work with the players so far, and the insight that he has given to certain characters and temperaments, could be just as valuable an attribute as anything a master tactician could supply.



As he has proven already with the likes of Chelsea, Parma, Juventus and Roma, Ranieri is the perfect man to call on when your side is in need of regaining a foothold after they have slipped down a level. Particularly adept at taking fallen giants back towards the top positions, the Testaccio product would be the ideal candidate to take Inter back into the reckoning.

However, he is also well known for falling short, a couple of domestic cups aside, when it comes to winning major honours on a consistent basis, which is a luxury the Nerazzurri have become used to. Will they be willing to take the chance on him breaking his duck with them?


Two appearances in three Coppa Italia finals, including a penalty victory with Lazio over Sampdoria in 2009, have helped to catapult Rossi into the minds of some of Italy’s bigger clubs.

Similar to Gasperini, he has never been taken too seriously as an option by any of the top three sides until recently, but now may be his time. A journeyman history saw him go through countless clubs before his four years at Formello ended with that Coppa win, and he then spent 18 months with Palermo, ending with a knockout final defeat to Inter in May.

Having stayed in no job for little more than a year, Zenga’s coaching career is not exactly bursting with success stories, but his abilities have been on show fleetingly since being handed the top role with New England Revolution in 1998.

The big benefit that the former Italy international has is his intrinsic history with the club, having spent 12 years with the Nerazzurri, playing over 400 games in all competitions, and it may be that his heart and passion for the club is enough to entice the board to bring him back from Dubai, where he is currently in charge of Al-Nasr.

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