Roberto Mancini is making a second coming to Inter Milan.
Inter Milan appointed Mancini as its new manager Friday just hours after firing Walter Mazzarri. Mancini will lead Inter for the second time in his career, having previously managed the Italian club from 2004 to 2008, Sky Sports reports.
Mazzari paid the price for Inter’s slow start to the 2014-15 season. Inter sits ninth in the Serie A (Italian first division) standings. Its 16 points after 11 games is 12 points behind league-leading Juventus.
Inter hopes Mancini can rediscover the magic touch he used to lead it to three Serie A and four Coppa Italia (Italian Cup) titles in his first spell as manger.
“I would like to thank him (Mazzari) sincerely for his efforts,” Inter president Erick Thohir said. “However, our goal is to regain our rightful position as one of the very top clubs in Europe, and that’s why I am so happy to welcome back Roberto Mancini.
“His track record both at Inter and elsewhere speaks for itself, and his experience and hunger for success will drive the team to the next level.”
Mancini has been out of work since June, following his departure from Turkish club Galatasaray. Mancini previously managed Manchester City, leading the club to one Premier League and one FA Cup title between 2009 and 2013.
Mancini’s reputation dipped following the turbulent end to his reign at Manchester City. He can enhance his standing by leading Inter Milan to a top-three finish in Serie A, ensuring the Italian giant’s return to the UEFA Champions League next season.
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