Andre Villas-Boas Linked With Inter Milanby Jack Kitson / 15 March 2012, 12:04
Reports have today emerged that former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has been targeted by Inter Milan as a replacement for under-fire boss Claudio Ranieri. The Italian is under immense pressure following Inter’s shocking form, which has seen them win just two of their last 11 matches in all competitions. The Nerazzurri recently suffered five consecutive defeats where they couldn’t even score a single goal, which is simply appalling for a club of their stature.
On Tuesday Inter crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of French side Marseille and are unlikely to return to the competition next season as they are currently languishing down in 7th in Serie A. As a result Ranieri, who is coincidently also a former manager at Stamford Bridge, is almost certain to face the chop either before or at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.
AVB is reportedly desperate to throw himself straight back into management and restore his reputation following a difficult eight months at Chelsea. The Portuguese coach was sacked earlier this month following a poor run of results and well publicised reports of player unrest. However, it’s easy to forget the success AVB has had during his short managerial career and it was only last season that he won an unprecedented quadruple with Porto. Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti is apparently a keen admirer of the 34-year-old who he has believed to have set as his number one target.
Meanwhile caretaker Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo boosted his chances of claiming the job on a permanent basis after leading the club through to the last eight of the Champions League. Chelsea impressively recovered from a 3-1 first-leg defeat to beat Italian side Napoli 4-1 on aggregate at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho remains the hot favourite in the Next Chelsea Manager betting market, but Di Matteo has done his own prospects no harm with three wins from three matches so far.