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Ranieri confirmed as latest successor to Mourinho at Inter

| 23.09.2011

Claudio Ranieri has been confirmed as the latest man tasked with filling the Gucci loafers of Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan.

Replacing Mourinho is a task at which Club President Massimo Moratti has emphatically failed at since the Portuguese left to join Real Madrid in 2010.

However, the failure of the likes of Leonardo and Rafa Benitez to build on the work of Mourinho has not put Ranieri off the job, and he is determined to banish talk of Mourinho to the past.

“The media thought me and Mourinho were enemies, that’s true, but I’ve always held Jose in high regard and we always greeted each other with respect,” said Ranieri.

“I don’t think Inter’s players are worn out or finished. I want to see the Inter that I confronted when I was Roma coach.”

Ranieri is known to have excellent man-management skills and an ability to balance a free-falling team as he showed at his brief Parma stint in 2007 – something which should stand him in good stead at an Inter side who are a shadow of the Champions League winning team of a few seasons ago.

Inter are favourites at 1/1 for Ranieri’s first game away at 19th placed Bologna.

However, getting the Milanese to forget about a certain swaggering ex-boss will be an even harder task for Ranieri.



Richard Anderson