Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is expected to reclaim the dugout chair at Giuseppe Meazza after Inter Milan sacked Walter Mazzarri on Friday.
Mazzarri held the post since arriving from Napoli in 2013 and led the club to a fifth-place finish in the Serie A last season.
But Inter has struggled out of the gates this season and, with the Milan Derby looming, they’ve made a change in the hopes of rising higher than ninth in the table.
Inter president Erick Thohir had given Mazzarri his backing on a number of occasions but finally decided to part ways with the 53-year-old coach.
“Inter Milan announces that Walter Mazzarri has been relieved of his duties as first team coach,” the club said in a statement. “The club thanks Mazzarri for the commitment, dedication and professionalism with which he led the team in these 17 months.”
Roberto Mancini, who spent four years in charge at Inter, is expected to take over for Mazzarri.
Mancini led Inter from 2004-08, overseeing three Serie A titles and a pair of Coppa Italia championships. He won nearly 62 percent of his matches before being sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho.