26 Dec 2010

Benitez leaves Inter

6:54 am on 26 December 2010

Rafael Benitez's reign as Inter Milan football coach has ended after just six months in charge having dared to question club owner Massimo Moratti's authority.

In a statement the European Champions said mutually and with satisfaction on each side, they have reached an agreement for the early resolution of his contract.

Inter are seventhin Serie A, but Benitezx appeared to secure his job with last weekend's World Club Cup triumph, only to explode in the post-match news conference and threaten to discuss his future with his agent if signings did not materialise in the January transfer window....

Ex-AC Milan boss Leonardo, who left the Rossoneri after one season in management in May, is the new favourite to take over with former Inter goalkeeper Walter Zenga also mentioned.