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Proud Ranieri ready to improve Inter fortunes

Proud Ranieri ready to improve Inter fortunes

Ranieri takes over from Gasperini, who was sacked on Wednesday after three months in charge.

Rome: Inter Milan's new coach Claudio Ranieri said he is very proud to manage the football club, according to his interview released by the club's official website on Thursday.

The former Chelsea, Parma, Juventus and Roma tactician was drafted on Thursday morning on a two-year contract after Gian Piero Gasperini's dismissal.

"I am very proud to be here and was very happy to receive President Massimo Moratti's call," Ranieri told Inter Channel as he took charge of his first training session.

"I had a very affectionate meeting with Moratti today. We first met when he was not yet President of Inter and I was at San Siro to watch Milan-Inter."

Ranieri was called after Gasperini failed to win a single match in charge, losing three and drawing one between the Italian Super Cup, Serie A and Champions League.

"I always try to do my best for the team I am working for. When you marry a cause that is what happens, there is total commitment," smiled the life-long Roma fan.

"Inter are the side we all saw in these last few weeks, as it is not a good time for them. There were injuries and bad luck, but I am convinced this team has the DNA to get back to winning ways and find self-belief," he added.

Ranieri, who is Inter's fourth coach since Jose Mourinho led them to the Champions League title 16 months ago, takes over from Gasperini, who was sacked on Wednesday after three months in charge following a disastrous start to the season.

The Nerazzurri were beaten by city rivals AC Milan in the Italian Super Cup, defeated at home by Trabzonspor in their opening Champions League fixture and on Tuesday were beaten by Serie A newcomers Novara.

"Inter are a great team," Ranieri told Italy's state television on Wednesday. "They have had a bad start to the season and I will have to talk to the team to understand why that was. I will have to bring enthusiasm and a change of impetus in order to wake up the team."

"I cannot promise that we will win this or that but I believe this team has a lot to give and we must prove it."

Ranieri, 59, has coached in Spain (Valencia and Atletico Madrid) and in England (Chelsea), as well as working with a host of Italian clubs including Napoli, Fiorentina and most recently Juventus and Roma, where he resigned in February following a poor run of results - a season after taking the Giallorossi to the brink of the title.

Despite his pedigree, Ranieri has never won a league title, often playing bridesmaid, though he won the Copa Del Rey with Valencia in 1999 and the Coppa Italia with Fiorentina in 1996.

Last season Inter finished second in Serie A after claiming the Scudetto for the previous five seasons.

The Italian's first game in charge will be at Bologna on Saturday before Inter face CSKA Moscow in the Champions League in mid-week.

first published:September 23, 2011, 13:24 IST