Manchester United shortlisted Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi for the permanent manager position
According to the Italian publication Corriere Dello Sport (h / t Daily Mail Online), Manchester United have been in contact with Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi to discuss a potential switch to Old Trafford for the permanent manager position. He has done a good job at the San Siro since taking over the job from Antonio Conte earlier this season.
Man United are led by Ralf Rangnick on a temporary basis, who is expected to move upstairs as a consultant at the end of this campaign. Of course, this requires that we earmark a replacement for the German, and the Red Devils have therefore looked to Inzaghi.
The Inter boss is tied until 2023, and it Nerazzurri the board of directors is interested in extending the agreement. The English club is not the only one who has shown interest as Atletico Madrid see him as a replacement for Diogo Simeone. Interestingly, the Italian coach is set to start an “in-depth English course” as he has a desire to move out of Italy.
Who is Simone Inzaghi?
The 45-year-old boss took over the leadership of Lazio in 2016 after impressing with their youth team in the last couple of seasons. It was his first stay as a senior team manager; he spent five years with them and helped them to the Coppa Italia title in 2019. He even helped them qualify for the UEFA Champions League, which is a great achievement for the Rome-based side.
Following the 2020-21 campaign, the Italian manager was appointed coach of the Serie A holders. But they saw some of their key figures leave, such as Conte, Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi- reducing their quality in the process.
Many thought the Nerazzurri boss would not repeat the success of last season, but the doubters were eventually proven wrong. They currently lead the league table with a point over city rivals AC Milan with a match in hand. In addition, he has helped Inter qualify for the UCL knockout stages – something Conte failed to do in Italy last season.
The former Lazio man has already won the Supercoppa Italiana trophy at his new club after beating Juve in the final. Should the Manchester-based club try his services, it would be a wise move. He has gained a lot of experience in Italy and is currently leading one of the top teams in Europe.
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Only time will tell whether we go this route or not, but it’s good to see the club planning for the future. It is very important that we choose our next permanent leader carefully. Some of our club’s best players are at the peak of their careers and it would be a shame to waste it with an incompetent boss at the helm.
No manager since Sir Alex Ferguson has given fans the same sense of long-term security. Although such a process requires patience, we need a leader who is worthy of patience. Whether Inzaghi ends up being that man is something only time will tell.