Stramaccioni takes on 'dream' job at Inter Milan


MILAN (AP) -- Andrea Stramaccioni has described his promotion to become Inter Milan's third coach of the season as a "a dream."

The 36-year-old stepped up from youth team coach to take over the first team on Monday following the firing of Claudio Ranieri after six months in charge.

Stramaccioni said at a news conference Tuesday that the promotion was a "completely unexpected call" but that it was a "dream that president (Massimo) Moratto has gifted to me and I hope to honor it."

Inter fired Ranieri after a run of just one win in its last 10 league matches, culminating in a 2-0 loss to archrival Juventus a day earlier. Ranieri took over from Gian Piero Gasperini, who was dismissed after beginning the season with four defeats in five games.