by LIAM RICHNER
Frank de Boer’s nightmare tenure at Inter Milan has come to abrupt end after a fourth Serie A defeat in five matches made his position untenable.
The Dutchman leaves with the club sat 12th in the table with just four victories in the league this season. The club are now looking for their ninth manager since Mourinho left in the summer of 2010.
Following Atalanta and Cagliari’s shock victories over Inter, Sampdoria were the latest side to beat the Nerazzurri, ending their horrific run against the Italian giants.
Fabio Quagliarella’s 44th minute strike was enough for secure the three points for the Blucerchiati, who defeated their opponents for just the second time in the last seven years.
Inter enjoyed more of the possession but failed to create any clear-cut chances. Mauro Icardi often found himself isolated up top for de Boer’s side, with huge gaps forming across the back four.
Had Samir Handanovic not produced world class saves to deny Edgar Barreto and Ante Budimir, the scoreline could have looked even more bleak.
Marcelo Brozovic had the away side’s best chance when he shimmied past three defenders into the penalty area, only to smash his shot against the crossbar from 10 yards.
Following de Boer’s departure, Inter’s youth team coach Stefano Vecchi takes interim control of the senior side, and will be in charge for Thursday’s Europa League trip to Southampton.
Elsewhere, Lazio overcame an injury-hit Sassuolo side 2-1 at the Stadio Olympico.
The Neroverdi were without six first team players for their trip to the capital, including the influential Domenico Berardi and centre half Paolo Cannavaro.
The deadlock was broken in controversial circumstances in the 50th minute when Senad Lulic scored from an offside position.
Five minutes later it was 2-0 to Lazio, as a Felipe Anderson corner was flicked on towards the back post for Ciro Immobile’s to volley home.
Grégoire Defrel scored to get Sassuolo back into the game with half an hour to play but Simone Inzaghi’s team held on for the 3 points to keep pace with the Serie A frontrunners.
The leaders remain to be Juventus, who overcame rivals Napoli 2-1 in Turin.
Gonzalo Higuain haunted his former side as he scored the winner for the Old Lady.
It was the first time the Argentine striker faced his former club since his €90 million pound move to the Italian champions.
The 28-year old smashed a shot passed Napoli keeper Pepe Reina with twenty minutes to go and didn’t celebrate against his past employers.
Finally, it’s worth a mention that basement club Crotone won their first ever Serie A match at home to Chievo 2-0 on Saturday.
Atalanta 3-0 Genoa
Bologna 0-1 Fiorentina
Cagliari 1-2 Palermo
Empoli 0-0 Roma
Milan 1-0 Pescara
Udinese 2-2 Torino