Ranieri ready for Inter task
Former Chelsea boss lands job with Serie A giants
By Nadia Carminati. Last Updated: September 22, 2011 12:11pm
Claudio Ranieri has vowed to bring a 'change of gear' after agreeing to become the new coach of Inter Milan.
The former Chelsea chief agreed terms on Wednesday evening and Inter will officially unveil him in the next 24 hours.
Ranieri is ready to pen a two-year deal with the Nerazzurri, replacing the axed Gian Piero Gasperini.
And he told Rai TV: "Inter are a great team.
"They have had a bad start to the season and I will have to talk to the team to understand why that was.
"I will have to bring enthusiasm and a change of gear in order to wake up the team.
"I cannot promise that we will win this or that but I believe this team has a lot to give and we must prove it."
Tuesday's shocking 3-1 defeat at newly-promoted Novara - Inter's fourth defeat in five games - proved to be Gasperini's final act in charge with president Massimo Moratti opting to wield the axe.
But Ranieri praised Gasperini's efforts despite his short tenure at the club.
"Gasperini wanted to bring his ideas and make them work at all costs but he didn't manage to do it," the 59-year-old said. "I will try to make this team play as it knows how, with all of its strength.
"Gasperini didn't make a mistake and we have to say well done because he tried everything to make his ideas work."
Ranieri's first game in charge will be at Bologna on Saturday. Inter travel next week to Russia to face CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League.