Ranieri sacked by Inter as 'Tinkerman' pays price for poor league form
20:42 GMT, 26 March 2012
Inter Milan have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri.
Andrea Stramaccioni has been promoted from youth club coach and will take charge of the first team.
He led Inter's youth side to a win over Ajax in the NextGen Series final on Sunday.
Marching orders: Inter Milan's coach Claudio Ranieri has been sacked
The announcement comes after Inter suffered a 2-0 defeat to Juventus on Sunday, extending a woeful run that has seen them win only one of their last 10 Serie A matches and left them 10 points adrift of the Champions League places, and 22 behind league-leading rivals AC Milan.
The loss to Juve was Inter's 12th of the league season, only one shy of the club record of 13 suffered in 1947-48.
Despite that loss, Ranieri, who replaced Gian Piero Gasperini in September, had appeared to have been given a vote of confidence by Moratti earlier today.
When asked if the 60-year-old former Chelsea and Roma boss was the man to see Inter through to end of the season, Moratti said: 'I think so.'
Dejected: Inter's defeat to Juventus spelled the end for Ranieri
But later, in a statement on their website, Inter thanked Ranieri and announced that youth team coach Andrea Stramaccioni would be taking charge of the senior side.
The statement read: 'President Massimo Moratti and everyone at Inter Milan would like to thank Claudio Ranieri and his staff for their professionalism, dedication and honesty during their time in charge of the team.
'Inter also announce that they have entrusted the team to Andrea Stramaccioni, the coach who won the first edition of the Next Generation Series.'