Selasa, 27 Mac 2012

17 managers in 17 years

A long list of top names to have worked under the Italian oil magnate, Massimo Moratti at Inter Milan.

Though it would take Moratti's club some years to get their hands on a Scudetto, the man at the helm upon his arrival had already done so in his time with Diego Maradona at Napoli. However, Bianchi's relationship with Moratti was to be a short one, with the trainer paying the price for not delivering results despite the arrivals of the likes of Javier Zanetti and Roberto Carlos. Ironically, it was a defeat to Napoli which brought about his sacking.

'Luisito' was asked to take charge at San Siro for a third time as a temporary measure after the sacking of Bianchi. The former playing legend, who was part of 'Il Grande Inter' as they marched to two successive European Cups in the '60s, had first coached the club back in 1974.

ROY HODGSON (1995-97)
The Englishman took on the role of coach in a fifth country after earlier spells in Sweden, England, Norway and Switzerland. There had appeared to be some hope of silverware being secured as Inter reached the final of the Uefa Cup in Moratti's first season of contintental football in 1996-97, but a surprise defeat to Schalke was to be Hodgson's final act.

Roy Hodgson | Almost a winner in the Uefa Cup

The former goalkeeping coach achieved a 100 per cent record with two victories in his only games in temporary charge, but Moratti had already made his mind up to look elsewhere for his next coaching appointment.

GIGI SIMONI (1997-98)
Under Simoni, Inter would fall short in controversial fashion in the closely fought 1998 Serie A title race. THAT foul by Mark Iuliano on Ronaldo went unpunished, along with a whole host of other questionable calls, as Juventus won the virtual decider at the Delle Alpi on the way to the league crown. Victory over Lazio in Paris in the Uefa Cup final had at least been some consolation, but by November that year, Simoni was a goner.         
Gigi Simoni | Under him, Moratti got his first taste of Champions League football

It had been hoped that the charismatic Romanian would be able to go one step further than Simoni, but, by March, Inter were slipping well away from the top spots and had been knocked out of the Champions League by eventual winners Manchester United. A 4-0 defeat at Sampdoria was enough for Moratti to pull the trigger once more.

Castellini returned for what was understood to constitute the remainder of the 1998-99 season, but four games in he was pushed aside once more. A derby defeat hadn't helped his claim for longer-term employment.

Hodgson became the second coach to work under Moratti twice when he was recalled for the final four league games of the campaign. It turned out to be six when Inter were forced to play off against Bologna for a Uefa Cup spot.

MARCELLO LIPPI (1999-2000)
Under the watchful eye of the eventual World Cup winner, again Inter would fall short of the much sought-after silverware. A Coppa Italia final place was achieved, but Lazio wrapped up the domestic double and also earned the Supercoppa Italiana against a Zanetti-less Nerazzurri.

Marcello Lippi | Outdone by champions Lazio

After Moratti decided that he didn't like the football Lippi's side played, in came the 1982 world champion. However, Tardelli would last less than a season, taking Inter to fifth place and the last 16 of the Uefa Cup before it became time for a change once more at Appiano Gentile.

HECTOR CUPER (2001-03)
Cuper became the longest-serving coach to date under Moratti, enjoying 28 months at the helm. The secret to his relative success was the ability to push Inter on that extra step, attaining second and third-placed finishes in his two full seasons in charge. However, his reign will always be remembered for the final-day failure at Lazio in 2002, when the Nerazzurri lost 4-2 to squander the title, despite taking them to the 2003 Champions League semi-finals, where they lost to neighbours Milan.

Hector Cuper | The famous final day was his nearest miss

Cuper's number two was promoted to the temporary coaching position for a Champions League trip to Moscow to take on Lokomotiv, but a disastrous 3-0 defeat put paid to any hopes he had of taking on the role permanently. The former Inter player lasted less than a week in the job.

'Zacc' was given the task of taking Inter back into the Champions League after Cuper's sacking and Verdelli's short-lived caretaker appointment, and eventually did just that as Inter finished fourth and earned a qualifying round spot. But despite having achieved the aim set out for him, the former Scudetto winner with Milan was sacked in favour of former Lazio boss Roberto Mancini.

Mancini remains to this day Inter's longest-serving boss under Massimo Moratti. After a third-place finish and a Coppa Italia win in his first season in charge, the president finally got his hands on a Scudetto as a result of the first Calciopoli trial of the following summer. The Nerazzurri would go on to dominate in Italy under Mancini, but he would never see this materialise into success in Europe, and after he told his players he wanted to leave following a Champions League defeat to Liverpool in 2008, his exit that summer was inevitable.

The fact that every coach since Mourinho is immediately compared in style to the 'Special One' is testament to the impact he made at Pinetina. Two dominant seasons in charge were crowned by a magnificent treble after a Scudetto triumph first time around. The affection between Moratti and Mourinho after Zanetti had lifted the Champions League trophy aloft in Madrid told everything about what it meant to have found his right man after 15 years at the club.

Moratti with Jose Mourinho | Finally a winner

The former Liverpool boss seemed destined to fail in Lombardy almost from the very beginning. With ideas far removed from those of Mourinho, he was immediately under pressure, and a string of injuries would help to define his reign. Muscular issues left, right and centre blighted his shortened term.

LEONARDO (2010-11)
The Brazilian swept in to banish the post-Benitez blues, lifting the Nerazzurri from sixth to second while also leading them to another Coppa Italia victory. However, it was his failure in Europe, notably losing 5-2 at home to Schalke, which cast doubts over his calibre. An offer to take over as general manager at cash-rich Paris Saint-Germain proved to good to turn down.

In one of the more doomed moves of Moratti's term in office, the president knocked on four other doors before finally handing the ex-Genoa boss the coach's job. Just five games into his reign, he was back out of a job after four defeats and no victories.

The 'Tinkerman' lasted only six months after replacing the doomed Gasperini. After initially working his way into a good position, leading the club back into the Serie A title race, one win in 10 games saw the Nerazzurri slip to eighth in the table with nine games to play, and the Roman became another victim of Moratti's axe.


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