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Inter Milan president Erick Thohir says that the club have no intention of parting ways with manager Walter Mazzarri despite a very poor campaign last season. Mazzarri was brought to the club with a big reputation of making teams excellent with a limited budget. However, he spent a substantial amount of money in his first season at Inter, but failed to show any reasons for it. This is after the team once again finished without any form of European football qualification for the upcoming campaign. This was seen as one of the main objectives for the team when Mazzarri was appointed.
It has been rumoured that Inter have offered a contract extension for the 52-year-old, but an official announcement has not arrived yet. In the meantime, Thohir has confirmed that the club have no intention of parting company with Mazzarri. The 52-year-old came close to winning the title with Napoli in the last few seasons. Since his departure, his former team have slipped down the table and came almost to losing their Champions League spot towards the end of the season. It has been several years since Inter were last seen in Europe’s Premier competition.
Mazzarri’s current contract still has two years left to run and given the poor run of form, it is surprising that the club are looking at a new contract.
“We’ve had a good discussion, and [sporting director] Piero Ausilio and coach Mazzarri have had a good discussion. We should continue with the coach but we haven’t signed anything. He has a year on his contract, so it’s still two years: we’re adding one year so it’s two years. It will be until 2016. The market? We haven’t really discussed anything yet, we will see within the next few days,” said the club president about the future of Mazzarri.
Former Inter Milan legend Marco Materazzi has claimed that the club’s new president Erick Thohir is the right man to lead the club to more success in the future. After severe financial difficulties, Erick Thohir was appointed as the new president of the club. Even though Inter Milan have not really spent much in the last few transfer windows, it seems that the club are ready to open the wallets this time around. They have already brought in Nemanja Vidic on a free transfer from Manchester United. The Serbian defender will not only be providing excellent defensive capabilities, but also leadership as well.
Inter have also been linked with the likes of Fernando Torres and John obi Mikel in the last few weeks. Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is also expected to arrive at the San Siro on a season-long loan deal after his failure to establish himself in the first-team in the Premier league outfit. This new signings will certainly hold Inter in good stead according to former defender Materazzi. He says that he is confident that Inter will be able to return to Champions League next campaign.
The club finished in a disappointing fifth place last season after being involved in 15 draws throughout the campaign.
“I am sure that Erick Thohir will manage to give the shine back to Inter. I like the new leadership – it is ambitious and has brought a good amount of capital. That is something that shouldn’t be underestimated. Now it will be important to identify and bring in two more world class players. One has already arrived in (Nemanja) Vidic,” said the former Inter Milan defender. During his time at Inter Milan, Materazzi won numerous trophies including the Champions League in 2010. He retired from playing in 2011 after having made more than 200 league appearances for the club.
Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri has confirmed that he will remain as the manager of the club next season as well. There have been widespread reports that he will be sacked as the Inter Milan manager after failing to get the club into the top three of the table. Only the top three teams that qualified for the Champions League next season. This is very important for a club like Inter Milan with its rich European heritage. The club has won two European trophies in its illustrious history, but they have not been in the competition for the last two years.
After the change in ownership, the club provided Mazzarri with significant funds over the course of the first two transfer windows in order to strengthen the team. However, it has not worked according to plan after a poor second half of the season led the club into finishing fifth in the table. Even more disappointing for the club was the fact that they were a massive 18 points behind the third placed Napoli. Despite this, Mazzarri looks set to continue as the manager after the coach himself confirmed the same.
The club has also been voicing the same over the last few weeks, but reports about his position continue to float around.
“I’m definitely staying because I have a contract. I’ve already spoken about my contract with (technical director Piero) Ausilio, so it’s pointless that we continue to talk about it. I have a contract at Inter. I had to work with a contract that was running out before at Napoli and I did well there. The important thing is there’s great respect between us. I’m very happy with the phone call that came after the win against Lazio. Thohir called me, happy to have qualified for Europe,” said Mazzarri.
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Inter Milan’s problems under Walter Mazzarri continued after the team failed to win for a third straight match. Despite this disappointing result, Mazzarri claimed that the players should remain positive in order to get success. It was a disappointing evening for the club after they were leading 2-0 at half-time, but they conceded two goals in the second half only get a point against Livorno. Considering that this match was against the relegation threatened team, Inter Milan have dropped more praise response as they are struggling to even qualify for the Europa league.
Mazzarri was expected to improve the fortunes of the team dramatically after they have been struggling in recent years under the managerial reins of Claudio Ranieri and Andrea Stramaccioni. However, the former Napoli manager has failed to keep up the form of the first half of the season. He says that this has been one of the years where everything seems to go against them. According to him, it is imperative that the players stayed positive during such troubles and only then they can take advantage of the good times.
Inter have slipped three points behind Fiorentina in the fourth place with seven matches remaining in the campaign. The club’s last win was against Hellas Verona in the middle of March.
“Those who saw the match realise that it’s one of those years. We just need look at it in a certain way. We need to take the positives from the game. My players showed a lot of character until, perhaps unconsciously, they thought that the game was over. Livorno were given a new lease of life after their first goal. We should have put the game to bed at 2-0 and we missed two or three big chances at 2-1,” said the manager, whose team next take on Bologna at home.