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Stramaccioni in fight to keep Inter job

18 Apr 2013 11:17:01

Stramaccioni in fight to keep Inter job

Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni has acknowledged his job could be on the line after the Nerazzurri's quest for silverware was halted by Roma in the Italian Cup semi-final.

Before Christmas Inter were in the top three in Serie A and being talked of as possible title challengers to leaders Juventus.

But a raft of injuries to key players, including Diego Milito and Rodrigo Palacio, coupled with a series of mediocre results since the turn of the year has left the 2010 league champions 24 points behind leaders Juventus.

Following a shock 2-0 reverse at Cagliari last weekend, Inter are also nine points off the third place occupied by city rivals AC Milan -- the last offering the possibility of qualification for next season's Champions League.

Inter's 3-2 defeat at home to Roma on Wednesday in the second leg of their Italian Cup semi-final spelt the end of their hopes of winning any kind of trophy this season.

Media speculation has claimed Stramaccioni, who was promoted to first team duties in March 2012 following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, could now be replaced by a more experienced coach, with fans reportedly calling for the return of Jose Mourinho, who led Inter to the league, Cup and Champions League treble in 2010.

Despite his precarious position, the 37-year-old -- who has yet to sit his coaching exams to obtain a UEFA Pro Licence -- has pledged to give it everything until club president Massimo Moratti decides his future.

"I've never shied away and I'm not going to now. I'll give everything I have for these colours from now till 30 June, then the president will tell me what's going to happen in the future," Stramaccioni told reporters after the match.

With Roma leading 2-1 from the first leg, a first-half strike from Inter's Brazilian defender Jonathan swung the momentum back Inter's way only for former Inter player Mattia Destro to score a brace which gave Roma a 2-1 second-half lead.

Roma all but secured their final spot when Vasilis Torosidis sent a looping shot over Samir Handanovic and into the net 16 minutes from the whistle, while Ricardo Alvarez scored a late consolation for the hosts.

While Roma now meet Lazio in a May 26 Cup final, Inter will look to salvage their season by finishing at least among the top five in a bid to qualify for the Europa League.

There are six games remaining this season and Inter host Parma on Saturday.

Stramaccioni added: "How will I deal with the coming games? I have no doubt whatsoever that my players will give everything until the end.

"The problem of course is how you manage the players. I think the president and the club are working to make Inter better but it's my job to talk about what happens on the pitch."


AFP

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