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Inter Milan Primavera coach leaves for Venezia

Stefano Vecchi moves on after success with Nerazzurri youth squad.

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Thursday, Inter Milan Primavera coach Stefano Vecchi was officially announced as the new manager for Serie B side Venezia.

He signed a three-year deal replacing Pippo Inzaghi – who left earlier to take over at Bologna.

”Since forever, the aim of the Elite Academy has not just been focused on the development of the players, but also the growth of the professionals who work in close contact with them,” said the Elite Academy Director Roberto Samaden, on the club’s website. “As happened before in the past, we’ve provided new resources to the world of football and I’m proud and happy that Stefano can move up to a place in senior football after all his success here. I’m sure that he will show what he can do because along with being a great professional, he’s a great person.”

During his four years with the Nerazzurri Under-19 squad, Vecchi led Inter to back-to-back Scudetto titles – including this year’s title – the Primavera TIM Cup in 2015-16 and the Viareggio Cup in 2015 and 2018 as well as this season’s Supercoppa Primavera.

Vecchi also served as caretaker manager of Inter’s senior squad in 2017 and 2016.

Venezia reached this season’s Serie B promotion playoff, however Inzaghi left before the completion to take over at Bologna. Venezia lost 2-1 on aggregate to Palermo in the two-leg semifinals. Frosinone will face Palermo in the second leg of the championship Saturday. Palermo leads 2-1 on aggregate. Empoli and Parma have already been promoted.

Vecchi’s move comes immediately after UEFA announced Inter Milan only partially met its Financial Fair Play settlement – keeping it in its settlement for at least another year. Speculation is that the Nerazzurri may sell off some of its younger talent like Nicolo Zaniolo to help balance its books.

There is no reports suggesting that Vecchi elected to leave because of the prospect of losing some of his talented players on the youth side.

Vecchi was first appointed manager of US Colognese in 2006 and was there until 2009. He took over SS Tritium 1908 in 2009 and lasted until 2011. He was at SPAL, Sudtirol and Carpi each for a season after before taking over the Inter U19 team in 2014.

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