Wednesday May 2 2012
‘Inter should keep Stramaccioni’

Inter legend Alessandro Altobelli has urged President Massimo Moratti to keep Andrea Stramaccioni as Coach.

The 36-year-old replaced Claudio Ranieri in late March and has got the team fighting for a top-three finish.

However, despite the club’s improved results, it is unclear whether Stramaccioni will be appointed on a full-time basis or sent back to the Primavera set-up.

“I’d certainly keep him on,” the 1982 World Cup winner stated. “He’s given the team a tactical set-up and an identity.

“He also deserves credit for recuperating players such as Yuto Nagatomo, Dejan Stankovic, Lucio and Douglas Maicon given that they were not in great form.”

If the budding Coach is handed a first-team contract then Altobelli added that he would be needed to mastermind a Scudetto challenge.

“Inter must start every season with the intention of fighting for the title,” added the 36-year-old. “They are a great team.

“They have some excellent players in the squad – even if they will need strengthening in order to be competitive for next season.”