Milan: Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has announced that Andrea Stramaccioni will remain in charge of the Nerazzurri after this season and become the club's permanent coach.
The 36-year-old was appointed as interim boss until the end of the season after the departure of Claudio Ranieri in March, and Inter have now made the decision to hold on to Stramaccioni beyond the 2011-12 campaign.
"I will confirm Stramaccioni as the new permanent coach. He has proved his class and experience in a derby that really excited me," Moratti stated to Sky Sport Italia after his side beat AC Milan 4-2 on Sunday.
The 36-year-old was appointed as interim boss until the end of the season after the departure of Claudio Ranieri in March.
Diego Milito feels Stramaccioni deserves to be made permanent following the Nerazzurri's good performances under the young trainer.
"I think he deserves the job, and we all hope that he will stay. We have already said many times that we are very happy with him," Milito said to Sky. "It's obviously up to the club to make a decision about this, but I hope that he stays. He is a great coach, who is still young and has a lot of desire. Things are going very well under him."
Inter have won five out of eight Serie A games since Stramaccioni took over from Ranieri, while drawing two and losing only once.
The former Primavera trainer has also guided the Nerazzurri back into contention to qualify for next season's Champions League as the team currently sit sixth in the Serie A standings, but only three points behind Udinese in third.
Inter travel to Lazio for the final league game of the season on Sunday.