GIAN Piero Gasperini may have ended Internazionale’s three game run of defeats on the weekend but he has failed to quash the speculation surrounding his future at the Nerazzuri, following Saturday’s goalless draw with Roma.
Much of the build up prior to the game between the two Série A heavyweights had focused on the two coaches involved. Both Gasperini and his opposite Luis Enrique had endured miserable starts to their respective campaigns but it will be the former Barca man who’ll be the happier of the two technicians, with the goal shy Romans taking a point from the San Siro.
Both sides found it difficult to break the other down and it was Wesley Sneijder who looked set to most likely to open the scoring with the best opportunity of the game. But his goal bound shot was well blocked by Roma defender, Simon Kjaer in the second half.
Gasperini did little to endeavour himself to the Inter supporters as his latest round of tactical decisions continued to frustrate and infuriate. Erratic Argentine, Mauro Zárate was brought on for Diego Milto with half an hour remaining and Diego Forlan who, after a quiet start, had finally begun to influence the game, finding space in between the Roma defence and midfield, was withdrawn for the defensive minded midfielder, Sully Muntari. With Inter seemingly happy to allow Roma possession the game came to a close, Gasperini and Luis Enrique’s search for a first win continues.
Gasperini has been under intense pressure to deliver his first win since his pre-season appointment, which received a lukewarm response from supporters, after the club reluctantly lost the services of his predecessor Leonardo.
Over the summer months, forwards Diego Forlan and Mauro Zárate headed the list of new arrivals at Inter, which also included Brazilian full-back Jonathon and midfielders Juraj Kucka and Andrea Poli, whilst Samuel Eto’o was the major departure, as the club retained the services of Wesley Sneijder after a summer of intense speculation around the Dutchman’s future.
Gasperini’s is yet to convince of his ability to manage the Inter squad. The 53-year-old has found himself unable to settle on which system best suits his vulnerable looking defence – preferring to opt for three central defenders until being pressured into using two central defenders for Inter’s first European tie of the season, which saw them disastrously beaten 1-0 in the San Siro by Trapzonspor. Gasperini’s preferred 3-4-3 system also subdues Wesley Sneijder’s ability to hut the opposition and leaves Diego Forlan, adopting an unfamiliar and uncomfortable wide right role of the offensive trident.
Despite Nerazzuri president, Massimo Moratt’s measured statements in the press, there is already a growing list of potential suitors being touted to take over the Inter hot-seat should Gasperini be removed from his position.
Claudio Ranieri and Delio Rossi are both seeking work and would most likely jump at the opportunity of a crack at the Inter job, whilst former Atlético Madrid coach, Quique Flores has even declared that his agent has already been sounded out by the club and two of the more intriguing names to be thrown in the mix are former players Luís Figo and Roberto Baggio, who is nearing completion of his coaching badges.
Gasperini has limited time to save himself but is it already a case of too little too late, just four games into the new season?