Stefano Pioli – sacked by Lazio just seven months ago – is set to become the ninth Inter manager over the last six years, according to multiple reports across Europe, including the BBC and Sky Italy.
The 51-year-old takes over following the departure of Frank de Boer, who was fired after just 89 days on the job with Inter sitting in 9th in the Serie A table, 13 points back of the top. No manager has lasted two full seasons in charge of Inter since Jose Mourinho left for Real Madrid in 2010 after winning the treble.
To welcome Pioli to his new job, the first match he is reportedly to take charge of will be the Milan derby against AC Milan following the international break on November 20.
The tenured Italian manager has spent time coaching up and down the Italian ranks and never spent long at any stop, most recently in Serie A with Lazio, Bologna, Palermo, Chievo Verona, and Sassuolo. The three seasons and 97 matches he managed at Bologna mark the longest tenure he’s had at any club. Between his managerial debut in 2003 and the end of a 90-day spell at Palermo in 2011, he had taken charge of and left eight different clubs.
With Pioli’s experience in European play is minimal, having coached Lazio in one round of Europa League play last season after they fell to Bayer Leverkusen in Champions League qualifiers.
As a player, Pioli played as a defender for a number of Italian clubs, spending the most time with Fiorentina, where he made 154 appearances over a six-year span.