Leonardo confirmed as new Inter boss

Former AC Milan manager Leonardo has been confirmed as the new man in-charge of their bitter city-rivals Inter Milan, after their former boss Rafael Benitez was sacked 2 days ago.


The 41 year old was named as the new Inter Milan manager just days after the previous one, Rafael Benitez, was controversially sacked just six months in his reign by Inter president Massimo Moratti after demanding more money to buy new players in the January transfer window.

A statement confirmed that the 41-year-old will take up his role officially on Wednesday. It read: “Welcome to Leonardo. The Brazilian will be our new coach to lead the team from December 29. Leonardo has agreed a contract that will keep him at Inter until 30 June 2012.”

“We believe Leonardo has the class and experience of a champion and his mentality will get the team together to get results,” Inter’s website read.

Inter, last season’s treble winners, are just coming up from winning the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, but not even that was enough to save former manager Rafael Benitez’s job. Inter are in poor form in the Serie A, sitting 7th in the table, 13 points off leaders AC Milan.

Leonardo’s first meeting with his former employers is scheduled for 3 April. AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani admitted on Thursday that it would be strange to see Leonardo in the blue and black of his club’s local rivals.

"I do not know what my reaction would be," Galliani stated. "He certainly has an important history with Milan. He made a career with AC Milan – first as a player, then as a coach and a manager."

In addition to attempting to bridge that gap in Serie A, one of the new Inter coach’s main tasks will be attempting to retain the Champions League title, starting with a last-16 clash against Bayern Munich.

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