On March 26, Andrea Stramaccioni replaced Claudio Ranieri as head coach of Inter Milan.
He recently triumphed with Inter's Primavera at the NextGen series. He won it with a 5-3 penalty shootout win against Ajax. A very good achievement for a man that never made a senior appearance in his very short career.
However will a man with no first team experience succeed at one of the biggest clubs in the world?
Obviously, being at such a prominent club automatically puts a lot of pressure on Stramaccioni's shoulders. There's no room for failure at Inter as Massimo Moratti doesn't accept it. He sacked Ranieri, Giampiero Gasperini, Leonardo and Rafael Benitez all in the space of two years. So success needs to be instant otherwise Stramaccioni can kiss his job goodbye. Perhaps replicating the look of the Special One will help him succeed as Jose Mourinho won five trophies in two years at the Giuseppe Meazza. There might just be too much pressure on Stramaccioni to succeed.
Experience isn't always the key for success in management. Just look at Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Andre Villas-Boas. However the best managers are of an older age than Stramaccioni. He started his coaching career at a youth team based in Rome. Winning the provincial title and then going on to manage Romulea. In 2005 he joined Roma's youth coaching staff where he gained his UEFA coaching license and winning two national titles. After this success he was made coach of Inter's primavera and won the NextGen series thanks to a penalty shootout. However he does not have any first team experience. This could counteract against him and players could revolt just like Villas-Boas at Chelsea.
Inter aren't blessed with the talent they used to have under Mourinho. Perhaps the reason why others failed was because they didn't invest in the right players. Or the right players weren't bought for them by Moratti. Last season no manager could fit Diego Forlan and Wesley Sneijder in the same side. Both wanted to play in the whole and it meant one was put out on the flank. This situation needs to be sorted if Stramaccioni wants the best out of his best player; Sneijder. Perhaps they need a few big investments too. A centre half wouldn't go a miss as Lucio and Samuel were very injury prone last season. They could also do with a winger or two. Joel Obi showed promise last season but he failed to deliver because he looked to direct. He'll definitely need to bolster the squad if he wants a chance of winning the Scudetto.
He's not just going to walk to the Serie A tile unchallenged. Juventus will have a big say in the title race as they have strengthened their squad with Udinese starts Asamoah and Isla. AC Milan will also be in the race as Ibrahimovic will be as hungry as ever after not winning a league title for the first time in eight seasons.
If Juventus keep the same philosophy they will be too strong to challenge and the Milan clubs will fail to take the Scudetto of the Old Lady.