Word on the grapevine is that the San Siro axe has been swung.
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Inter Milan ‘to sack Rafael Benítez’, according to Italian media
Rafael Benítez will be sacked by Inter Milan despite winning the Club World Cup on Saturday, a leading Italian newspaper claimed this morning.
“Benítez e’ Fuori!” [Benítez is out] read the front page of this morning’s Gazzetta dello Sport. The paper names Zenit St Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti as favourite to replace Benítez, with former AC Milan manager Leonardo as an alternative.
Inter owner Massimo Moratti has refused to comment on the speculation, saying “I prefer not to talk today to avoid the risk of creating controversies.” (Telegraph)
Some sources state that the decision has already been made and that a press conference will be announced shortly to confirm the news. The sacking, if true, would not be entirely unsurprising consider the shocking start to the season Inter Milan have had under the guidance of Rafa Benitez and the fact that the former Liverpool boss demanded extra transfer funds to improve a team he believed was not capable of winning major honours, despite the same team having won the treble last term, a demand that drew a great deal of anger from Inter President Massimo Moratti.
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