Monday, 2 June 2008

Inter appoint Mourinho

Serie A champions Inter have confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new coach.

Mourinho has signed a three-year deal with the Nerazzurri worth a reported £7m per year in his first job since he left English Premier League giants Chelsea last year.

The 45-year-old succeeds Roberto Mancini, who was sacked despite leading the club to a third consecutive Serie A title last season.

Mourinho will be unveiled at a press conference at the Angelo Moratti sports centre in Appiano Gentile on Tuesday morning.

"Internazionale announce the arrival of Jose Mourinho," read a statement on the club’s official website.

"The coach has signed a three-year contract and will work alongside Rui Farias, Silvino and Andrei Villas Boas. The assistant coach will be Giuseppe Baresi."

Mourinho’s name has been linked with the club ever since Mancini announced in March he would step down before making a U-turn. The Portuguese was photographed with club President Massimo Moratti in Paris last week and the press have been speculating on his imminent arrival.

"Thanking Roberto Mancini and his staff for the success obtained in four seasons as the leader of the team, all of Internazionale has the great pleasure to welcome Jose Mourinho and his coaches," the statement concluded.

Inter appear to have drafted in Mourinho to help improve their success in Europe. Despite their domination on the domestic front, they have struggled in the UEFA Champions League and were beaten at the last 16 stage last season.

While at Porto, Mourinho won the Portuguese Super Liga in 2003 and 2004, the UEFA Cup in 2003 and the Champions League in 2004. He also lifted the Portuguese Cup, two Potuguese Super Cups and the Intercontinental Cup.

At Chelsea, he led the London club to the Premier League title in 2005 and 2006, and also lifted the English FA and League Cups.

Meanwhile, Mancini, who announced through his lawyers that he will take legal action against the club for 'unfair dismissal', leaves the club winning three Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia and two SuperCoppa Italia trophies.

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