Inter do not want to “overreact” by sacking Simone Inzaghi immediately despite the catastrophic recent run of form in the league, but the fact remains that Brighton and Hove Albion coach Roberto De Zerbi’s spectre looms large.

This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who detail the situation that Inzaghi finds himself in at the Nerazzurri, fairly secure until the end of the season but with a very uncertain future beyond then.

It is not impossible that Inter could sack Inzaghi before the end of the season.

However, this would be seen by the club as an extremely drastic measure, and it would only be considered if the Nerazzurri directors felt that there was no other option.

In the current situation, the view of the Inter directors is that there would be little accomplished by getting rid of Inzaghi and simply throwing the dice with a caretaker coach, particularly given that the team still have a realistic chance of finishing in the top four of the Serie A table.

If the Nerazzurri were to be knocked out of the Champions League in the second leg of their Champions League tie against Benfica, the view of the directors could change.

In this event, the directors’ decision would be based around the performance of the team more than anything.

What the club are looking for if they are to take the drastic step of showing Inzaghi the exit door before the season is even over is a sign that the team and the players are simply capitulating on the pitch, something they have not really found so far.

In any event, however, Inzaghi will be well aware that De Zerbi is looming in the background.

Even if the club still have no intention of sacking the coach with immediate effect, they are being pushed more and more in the direction of appointing the Brighton coach with the intention of building a new project in the summer.