Spalletti leaves Inter, Conte expected to replace him

FILE - In this May 13, 2019 file photo, Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti sits on the bench during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Chievo, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. Inter Milan said Thursday, May 30, 2019 that Spalletti has left the club, with Antonio Conte expected to replace him in the next few days. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)
FILE - In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte looks on during their English FA Cup final soccer match against Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England. Inter Milan said Thursday, May 30, 2019 that Spalletti has left the club, with Antonio Conte expected to replace him in the next few days. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, file)

MILAN — Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has left the Serie A club, with Antonio Conte expected to replace him in the next few days.

Spalletti joined Inter from Roma in 2017 and led the team to two straight fourth-place finishes and qualification to the Champions League. But he has failed to win any silverware with the club.

"Inter Milan can confirm that Luciano Spalletti is no longer head coach of the first team," Inter said Thursday in a statement. "The club wishes to thank Spalletti for his work and the results achieved together."

Conte has been out of a job since June 2018 when he was fired from Chelsea. According to Italian media reports, the former Juventus coach has already signed a three-year contract with Inter.

Under Spalletti, Inter qualified for the Champions League for the first time since the 2011-12 season but was eliminated in the group stage. The team also finished 21 points behind Serie A champion Juventus.

Spalletti's departure comes one day after coach Gennaro Gattuso left AC Milan by mutual consent after being beaten to the final Champions League berth by Inter.

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