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Toffees manager ‘preferred choice’ if Nerazzurri manager is axed

Clive Brunskill

With Inter Milan in ninth place in Serie A it is hardly surprising that pressure is growing at the helm.

Incumbent Walter Mazzarri was only appointed in May 2013 after impressing as Napoli boss but in Saturday’s 2-0 coupon-busting defeat at bottom of the table Parma, Inter fans held a banner requesting Roberto Mancini’s return.

However new owner Erick Thohir is a keen enthusiast of the Premier League and La Repubblica reports today that Roberto Martinez is the preferred choice following his achievements at Wigan and successful start with Everton. Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone and Sampdoria’s Sinisa Mihajlovic have also been rumoured as Mazzarri’s potential successor.

Another Italian newspaper; Corriere dello Sport though claims that Inter’s finances dictate that only an out-of-work manager can be appointed because of no compensation fees.

With Inter in severe debt and Mazzarri contracted until 2016 it is thought that a change will not be made for the time being but if results do not improve, finances may prove not to be an issue.

As well as Mancini, other jobless managers such as former Blues boss David Moyes, Walter Zenga and Leonardo have also been linked to the possible vacancy.

The Daily Mirror today quoted Inter Milan’s director general, Marco Fassone as saying;

"We are looking internally at the management situation, including President Erick Thohir. But we have ample opportunities for growth, and we see no emergency situation.

However, you have to make a broader assessment. Look at the first 15 games of the season and you see a record that’s both good and bad."