Roberto Mancini has been sacked as the manager of Inter Milan and has been replaced by Frank de Boer.
Mancini’s sacking is coming just weeks to the start of the new Serie A season.
While it may have been unconnected, it is important to note that the Italian giants were walloped 6-1 by Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly on Friday.
Former Holland defender De Boer stepped down as Ajax manager at the end of last season after six years at the helm, of which he won the Eredivisie title four times.
The job will be his first outside of his native Holland, as the Inter’s Chinese owners seek to return the club back to its glory days.
De Boer, 46, was linked with the Everton and Southampton managerial positions earlier in the summer and was thought to be the favourite to replace Roberto Martinez but the Tofees chose another Dutchman – Ronald Koeman – instead.
The former Ajax manager also enjoyed a successful playing career, first with Ajax and then with Barcelona, before playing for Galatasaray and Rangers during the twilight of his career.
He will be expected to produce a better finish for Inter, who finished fourth in Serie A last term and missed out on Champions League football.