INTER MILAN have parted company with interim manager, Stefano Pioli, with just three games remaining this season.
The veteran Italian replaced Frank de Boer, who was sacked in November.
And Inter made it clear they sought big-name permanent boss in the summer — with Antonio Conte and Diego Simeone among the candidates on the list.
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However, the Nerazzurri have made the strange decision of relieving Pioli of his duties with three games still to play and youth team coach, Stefano Vecchi, will take charge for final matches of the season.
A club statement read: “FC Internazionale Milano announces that it has parted ways with head coach Stefano Pioli and his technical staff.
“Inter thanks Stefano and his team for the dedication and hard work carried out at the Club over the last six months in what has proven to be a difficult season.
“Primavera coach Stefano Vecchi will take charge of the first team immediately and for the remaining three matches of this season.
“The club will begin planning now for the next season.”
Inter were hoping to challenge for the title this season after splashing out on Joao Mario, Gabriel Barbosa and the highly-rated De Boer from Ajax.
However, a horror start saw the Dutchman sacked and replaced by Pioli.
After an initial upturn in fortunes, the club’s form took a nosedive and any hopes of even Champions League qualification evaporated.
Inter sit seventh and are facing up to the possibility of playing no European football next season.