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Report: Inter fires Stramaccioni after ninth-place finish

The Canadian Press

5/24/2013 11:35:09 AM

MILAN, Italy -- Inter Milan fired coach Andrea Stramaccioni on Friday and hired Walter Mazzarri as his replacement, five days after concluding the Serie A season with a highly disappointing ninth-place finish.

Inter bid Stramaccioni goodbye in an official announcement on its website and said it had signed Mazzarri to a two-year deal.

Mazzarri stepped down as Napoli manager last weekend.

Having never coached in Serie A before, Stramaccioni was hired in March last year to replace the fired Claudio Ranieri. He led Inter to a sixth-place finish last season but this campaign has been marred by a series of injuries, including serious setbacks for key players Diego Milito and Javier Zanetti, the club's 39-year-old captain.

Stramaccioni's contract was due to expire in 2015.

Only 36 when he was hired, Stramaccioni was one of the youngest coaches to manage in Serie A.

Inter lost 5-2 to Udinese in its last match of the season and went winless in its last five games.

The Nerazzurri lost as many matches, 16, as it won this campaign.

The 51-year-old Mazzarri has just led Napoli to a second-place finish and a spot in next season's Champions League. He has coached Napoli for the past four seasons, having previously been in charge at Livorno, Reggina and Sampdoria.