Saturday September 24 2011
Tardelli: 'Ranieri right man for Inter'

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli admits Italian football is tense for tacticians, but “Claudio Ranieri is the right man to fix Inter.”

The former Nerazzurri boss has experience of being fired at San Siro, so feels for Gian Piero Gasperini.

“We are a bit of a strange people in Italy, as we have Presidents who are hard-line fans or think they are better than their Coaches,” Tardelli told Radio Sportiva.

“Other nations don't fire their tacticians before the season begins or after two months of work. Gasperini needed support from the club, as he is a young Coach, not to be discredited by his own employers.

“Ranieri has always done well wherever he went, but lacked that final step to do even better. He is the right man to fix Inter. If you want a Nerazzurri squad on a level with Jose Mourinho's era, then you need to get the right players.”

Tardelli was an Inter Coach, but spent most of his playing career at Juventus and is glad to see Antonio Conte on the bench.

“Juve can have a great season because they have no other commitments. This is a team suited to Andrea Pirlo and allows him to do his best. All the Bianconeri have to do is not drop points against the teams they can beat.

“Napoli are not a surprise, but rather an important outsider. They're not strong enough yet, but when the top clubs are struggling like this, they can challenge Milan for the Scudetto.”

Today is Tardelli's 56th birthday and he was asked what gift he would ask for.

“Getting the Republic of Ireland to Euro 2012 would be the most wonderful present. We were left out of the World Cup after something strange happened with France, but unfortunately you can't get a reimbursement in football.

“Trap is well-loved in Ireland because he is close to the people. His team ethic has brought good results and now we'll gamble it all to reach the European Championships.”

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