Manchester United are considering replacing Ralf Rangnick with Inter Milan boss Simone Inzaghi.
The Red Devils appointed Rangnick as their interim manager in November following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But he is set to move into a behind-the-scenes role at the end of the campaign.
United have struggled to find a long-term successor to Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired at the end of the 2012/13 season.
Seven men have taken the helm at Old Trafford on a temporary or permanent basis since – but none of those have been convincing.
David Moyes was the man who took on the poisoned chalice of following directly after Ferguson, but lasted less than a season before being axed.
Legendary winger Ryan Giggs then had a short stint as caretaker manager before Dutchman Louis van Gaal oversaw the team for two years.
An FA Cup trophy wasn’t enough to save his job at the end of the 2015/16 campaign as Jose Mourinho came in with the promise of achieving big things.
The former Chelsea boss managed to lead United to League Cup and Europa League triumph during his first season at the club.
But his style of football was disparaged by large sections of the fanbase and he was given his marching orders in late 2018 following a downturn in form.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was then appointed on a temporary basis before being handed the job permanently and helped to bring an attacking edge back to the team.
But he was sacked earlier this season, with Michael Carrick overseeing three games before Rangnick was chosen to guide the team until the end of the season.
The German has been tipped to take the job permanently at the end of the campaign if he impresses but, according to Corriere dello Sport, United chiefs have enquired about Inzaghi’s availability in the summer.
Inzaghi took over as Inter boss last June following the departure of Antonio Conte and signed a deal until the summer of 2023.
The former striker had previously worked his way up from a youth team manager at Lazio to become the club’s first team boss.
And the 45-year-old enjoyed five seasons in charge at Stadio Olimpico.
This season, Inzaghi has guided Inter to the top of the Serie A table, courtesy of 15 wins from 20 games.
And he has also helped his team reach the knockout stages of the Champions League after they finished second in the Group D table.
But United could face competition from Atletico Madrid for the Italian’s signature as the La Liga side are also said to be interested in the boss.
Inzaghi is currently ranked as an outsider to take over at United – but if club bosses are confident he can repeat his Inter success in England, they may look to the left-field option to help them compete for honours in the years ahead.