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Let’s take a stroll down memory lane with Inter’s managerial situation shall we?

Last 6 August, in a move that shocked many due to its timing, Roberto Mancini and Inter decided to mutually call it quits on their relationship. Dutchman Frank de Boer signed a three-year contract with the Nerazzuri days later, but also three weeks before the opening round of the 2016-17 Serie A campaign commenced. What started off somewhat promising under de Boer after a 2-1 win over Juventus in the Derby d’Italia eventually spiralled out of control. A steady string of disappointing results and unflattering performances saw Inter in 12th, resulting in de Boer’s dismissal on 1 November – 85 days into his Italian coaching debut. In stepped former Lazio boss Stefano Pioli to stop the bleeding, and initially, he did, helping lead the club back into the race for a UEFA Champions League spot. Under his guidance, the former treble winners won 12 of his first 16 league matches in charge, yet three of those losses were to direct rivals for European contention in Juventus, Roma and Napoli. Eventually, his early success fizzled out, running out of ideas and a winning vision. Two draws and five losses in his last seven matches saw Pioli sacked earlier this week, all while the Bianconeri were popping the champagne as they punched their ticket to Cardiff.

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Caretaker Stefano Vecchi will finish off the season as interim manager, but the million dollar question is: who will take charge of Inter next season and help steer them back on course towards European contention? Here are five possible candidates who could take over the hot seat at Inter.

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