Ancelotti on standby as Gasperini flounders

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Gian Piero Gasperini may have only been at the Inter Milan helm for three matches but, should the Nerazzurri fail to beat Roma on Saturday, the 53-year-old could be relieved of his duties at the San Siro.

Gasperini was appointed as Leonardo's successor in late June and, somewhat unsurprisingly, was tasked with reclaiming the Scudetto from arch-rivals AC Milan.

Inter's run of five consecutive Serie A titles was ended last term by a resurgent Milan, but Gasperini's attempts to revive his team have, so far, failed to follow the blueprint.

After a loss to Milan in the Super Cup, Inter were beaten 4-3 by Palermo at the Stadio Renzo Barbera in their opening league fixture, before a humbling at the hands of Trabzonspor in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Turkish side were not even originally in the competition but, after benefiting from the omittance of Fenerbache, they secured an historic win on Italian turf by a solitary goal.

Although the post-match stats - Inter had 19 shots to Trabzonspor's one - suggest supreme dominance on the night from La Beneamata, sections of the press in Italy have been calling for the head of Gasperini.

Three losses from three represents Inter's worst start to a campaign for 90 years and makes the treble winning side of 2010 seem like a distant memory.


And Gasperini knows his time may indeed be up should he fail to achieve positive result in the coming days.

"I know faith has its limits, and that we've got to produce some results in a hurry,'' he said.

Inter president Massimo Moratti, meanwhile, said he wants to give Gasperini 'time to work' and 'there definitely won't be any change in the next few days'.

Moratti's patience, however, tends to wear thin more quickly than that of most and defeat to Roma could prove to be fatal - in a footballing sense - for Gasperini.

Successors to the former Genoa boss - who was sacked by I Rossoblu less than a year ago - are already being drawn up by the press, with Claudio Ranieri and Carlo Ancelotti the most high-profile names on the shortlist.

Both are currently out of work, having left Roma and Chelsea respectively, but could Ancelotti - a Milan legend as both player and manager - really cross the divide to take the reins at Inter?

Well, apparently the answer is yes, with the 52-year-old - who is currently working the oracle as a pundit - stating that he would be ready to talk should Moratti get in touch.

One never likes to see a manager lose his job but, after the clinical way he was dispatched by Chelsea, the erudite, passionate - and newly slimline - Ancelotti deserves his shot at the big time once more. And taking charge of Inter would be quite a story, wouldn't it?

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