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Italian club Inter Milan sacked manager Claudio Ranieri on Monday morning, following a dismal run of defeats (the side have won just once in the last 10 league games).

The former Chelsea manager was Inter's fourth managerial casualty since the high-profile Jose Mourinho left Italy for Real Madrid in May 2010. The club's president, Massimo Moratti has already hired and fired Rafael Benitez, Leonardo and Gian Piero Gasperini over the last two years.

The latest news concerning the empty berth at the blue-and-black half of the San Siro is that another former Chelsea manager - the recently sacked Andre Villas-Boas - may be headed to Milan, if a Telegraph report is accurate.

As of now, Inter's youth team coach, Andrea Stramaccioni, is the man in charge of the first team.

Villas-Boas, who has been out of work since being sacked by Roman Abramovich, has also been linked with a surprise return to his former club Porto, as well as Inter's Serie A rivals, Roma. However, there is speculation that AVB will only make the move to Inter in the summer, meaning Stramaccioni has the next few weeks to miraculously turn Inter's season around and maybe convince Moratti of his credentials.

Incidentally, Napoli's Walter Mazzarri and Udinese's Francesco Guidolin are also in the fray and it is worth remembering that former England national team boss Fabio Capello is available as well.

Inter Milan are eighth in the Serie A, with 41 points from 29 games. Ranieri was sacked after this weekend's 0-2 defeat to arch-rivals Juventus. Inter next play Genoa, at home, on 1 April.

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