Simone Inzaghi’s future as Inter coach is at great risk, as he has just eight days in which to steady the ship and stay in post until the end of the season.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the 46-year-old will be given matches against Juventus, Salernitana, and Benfica to prove himself, but likely no more than that.
There is now no ignoring that Inter are in a full-blown crisis in form.
The record of three consecutive losses in Serie A, and four from their last five in the league, makes for very unpleasant reading for the Nerazzurri, whilst it is four matches without a win including their draw away to Porto in the Champions League.
The club still aren’t ready to pull the trigger and sack Inzaghi, and the former Lazio coach will be granted more time.
However, the Gazzetta report, there is a clear timeline in place, and the coach’s immediate future should be clarified one way or the other in just over a week’s time.
First, there will be tomorrow evening’s Coppa Italia semifinal first leg against Juventus.
Then, later this week, Inter return to Serie A action with an away trip to face Salernitana, and a victory would be virtually mandatory.
Finally, there will be the first leg of a hugely important Champions League quarterfinal tie against Benfica next week.
These three matches now look like they are do-or-die for Inter to save their season which is close to coming completely off the rails.
Moreover, they are just as important for Inzaghi individually, according to the Gazzetta.
Whilst the club may not necessarily expect three wins from three over the next matches, a response is needed from the team on the pitch to get Inter back on track in the league and remaining alive in the knockout competitions.
Anything less, and Inzaghi will be shown the door, with current Primavera coach Christian Chivu waiting in the wings ready to replace him as caretaker coach.