Wednesday September 21 2011
Ranieri to step in at Inter?

With Gian Piero Gasperini's future up for debate, reports are gathering pace that Claudio Ranieri is the favourite to replace him.

Gasperini suffered a fourth defeat of the season, and has seen his Inter side struggle with formation and already concede 10 goals in all competitions this campaign.

President Massimo Moratti admitted immediately after Tuesday's 3-1 defeat at Novara - the first at the hands of the minnows in 61 years - that he will decide on Wednesday after due consideration.

A number of sources in Italy believe should he take action on Gasperini, that former Fiorentina and Roma Coach Ranieri is the prime candidate to replace him.

The 59-year-old has so far declined to comment on the situation, but is believed to be ahead of the likes of Delio Rossi, Luis Figo and Giuseppe Baresi in the pecking order given his greater Serie A top-flight experience.

Alternative options for the position include Louis van Gaal and Quique Sanchez Flores.

The likes of Napoli and Juventus could move eight points clear of the Nerazzurri with wins in their respective League matches on Wednesday.