Simone Inzaghi is CONFIRMED as Inter Milan’s new manager having swapped Lazio for the San Siro with the Italian signing a two-year deal after replacing Antonio Conte
- Inter Milan have officially unveiled Simone Inzaghi as their next head coach
- The 45-year-old has left Lazio after five years to take the top job at the San Siro
- He replaces Antonio Conte, who quit after frustration with a lack of resources
Inter Milan have announced former Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi as their new manager after Antonio Conte‘s resignation last week.
The cash-strapped club were left looking for a new coach after Conte quit having grown frustrated by their lack of resources ahead of the new season – despite winning their first Serie A title in nine years.
Inzaghi – who has impressed during his five years at Lazio – was installed as the early frontrunner for the job, and he was confirmed on Thursday morning – signing a two-year deal with the club.
Simone Inzaghi has been confirmed as Inter Milan’s new manager after leaving Lazio
He replaces Antonio Conte (C) who left the San Siro in frustration at a lack of resources
An Inter Milan statement read: ‘FC Internazionale Milano would like to welcome Simone Inzaghi to the Club, as our new First Team Coach. The Italian manager has signed a two-year deal with the Nerazzurri. #WelcomeSimone’
His departure from Lazio could see former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri take over as his replacement, with the ex-Chelsea coach said to be in talks.
The Rome outfit hinted they were unhappy about the manner of Inzaghi’s departure – failing to even name him when announcing he was set to leave.
Lazio wrote: ‘We respect the rethinking of a coach and, first of all, of a player who for many years has linked his name to the Lazio family and to the many Biancocelesti successes.’
Inzaghi has impressed at Lazio in his five years at the club – winning three trophies in Rome
Inzaghi’s swift appointment at Inter is a boost for the club, who faced the prospect of selling a number of their top stars as they grapple with a financial crisis.
Inter’s owner Suning and president Steven Zhang reportedly wanted to slash the wage bill by 20 per cent and make a profit of around 100 million euros in the transfer market, likely by selling at least one of the club’s most important players.
One of those stars mooted for an exit was forward Romelu Lukaku, but the Belgian revealed he has held talks with Inzaghi and was committed to the club.
‘Yes, I am staying,’ he told Dutch broadcaster VTM.
‘I’ve already had contact with the man who normally becomes our new manager. Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet… but it was a very positive conversation.
Romelu Lukaku admitted he had spoken to the new boss and committed his future to the club
‘There’s also the challenge of doing it again [winning the league with Inter]. I feel good at Inter.’
Inzaghi ended his playing career with Lazio before joining their coaching staff – taking over as interim boss in at the end of the 15-16 campaign after the sacking of Stefano Pioli. But following Marcelo Bielsa’s resignation after just one week the following season, he became the permanent boss.
Under his leadership, Lazio won the Coppa Italia in 2018-19, and well as the Italian Super Cup in 2017 and 2019. His side finished sixth in Serie A this season.