Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has stated that under-fire manager Claudio Ranieri will not be sacked until the end of the season.
Ranieri, 60, initially looked to have turned the struggling club around as the Italian giants had risen up the table after a woeful start under Gian Piero Gasperini. However, a run of just two wins in their last 13 games and failure to get past Marseille in the last-16 of the Champions League has seen the axe hovering over his head.
But Moratti is evidently keen not to make a decision while the season is still in progress and insisted he would wait after Sunday's 2-0 defeat by Juventus in the Derby d'Italia, saying: "I think Ranieri will remain until the end of the season."
Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas remains the favourite to take over, while Andrea Stramaccioni, who took the club's youth team to the Next Generation Series title on Sunday, could also be in the running.
Inter will almost certainly miss out on the Champions League next season, languishing 10 points behind Lazio in the third and final qualification berth and the Europa League also looks beyond them.