Sunday June 26 2011
Gasperini 'not Inter's first choice'

Inter legend Spillo Altobelli warns “Gian Piero Gasperini was not the first choice. He'll have a year to prove himself, then we'll see.”

The Nerazzurri confirmed Gasp as their Coach on Friday after Leonardo left to become the director of sport at Paris Saint-Germain.

“We welcome Gasperini, but we certainly can't say he was the first choice,” former striker Altobelli told

“I imagine he'll have a year to prove himself, then we'll see.”

The decision came after a long period of uncertainty in which Inter were turned down by Marcelo Bielsa, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Andre Villas-Boas.

“Leonardo's sudden exit, which I hope one day he'll be able to explain, caught Inter off guard. All the top Coaches were already under contract.

“Having said that, I did like the way Gasperini's Genoa played when they had Diego Milito and Thiago Motta. They were attacking, fast paced and a joy to watch.”

It is Gasperini's first big club and Altobelli points out he might not even have a year to make his mark.

“We know how football is experienced in Milan, Turin and Rome. Only victories fix things, starting from the Italian Super Cup against Milan in August.”