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Date: 16 December 2018

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Inter-Milan: Learnado in, Benitez out

[Posted 27 Dec 2010]
[By Chief Editor]
Leonardo in, Benitez out at Inter Milan

World, European and Italian champions Inter Milan have hired former bitter rivals AC Milan coach, Brzillian Leonardo, to replace Spaniard Raphael Benitez, who is reporteded to have ended his relationship with the Nerazzuri mutually last week.

The former AC Milan coach is expected to officially resumehis duties with his new club on Wednesday 28 December. He has been given a year and a half's contract to replace Benitez.

Leonardo, a World Cup winner with Brazil, had his first coaching job with Inter's rivals AC Milan last season.

Benitez, who joined Inter before the beginning of last season after a six-year spell as Liverpool manager only lasted no more than six months on the Azzurri job.

It is believed that a number of factors contributed to his short-lived stay in Milan as the World Champions' coach. Inter had appointed Benitez after losing a trebble winning coach Jose Mourinho to Spanish big spenders Real Madrid just before new season began.

Despite leading Inter to winning the Italian Super Cup and the Club World Cup a few days ago, Benitez burnt his fingers when he publicly criticised his employers in the press for not supporting him enough by allowing him to spend on new players.

Inter's sorry position on the Serie A log did not help matters at all following his media outburst. Even winning the title of World Club Champion could not atone for Inter's poor domestic form and  Benitez's biting the hand that feeds him in public.

Leonardo's immediate tasks would be to move Inter from their current 7th position in Serie A, and help reduce the 13 point deficit with leaders AC Milan.

The Brazillian, a former AC Milan player, will be expected to negotiate a last 16 passage in the Champions League against their Champions League final opponents last season, Bayern Munich.