26 Dec 2010

Former Milan boss Leonardo named Inter coach

8:24 am on 26 December 2010

Last season's AC Milan coach Leonardo has been named manager of city rivals Inter Milan in a move which has stunned the football world - despite the Italian game's celebrated eccentricities.

The Brazilian succeeds Spaniard Rafael Benitez, who left the world, European and Italian champions on Friday after just six months in charge following a poor domestic spell and his public attack on Inter for not investing in new players.

Leonardo failed to shine in his only season in management with Milan last term, leading the Rossoneri to third place in Serie A and the Champions League last 16.

The 41-year-old also played for Milan before becoming technical director there and has no prior links to Inter, making the decision to appoint him all the more strange to the hordes of baffled Tweeters and newspaper columnists.