Sinisa Mihajlovic wants to become Inter boss – but he’s too much of a fan to hope that Andrea Stramaccioni fails.
Stramaccioni’s future is in doubt after a crisis of results and Mihajlovic is one of numerous tacticians suggested as a possible successor.
“I have never betrayed a dream and I’m not a hypocrite,” the former Inter defender, who also assisted former boss Roberto Mancini at San Siro, told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“So if you ask me if I hope to one day coach Inter then I’ll say yes. And I would repeat that a thousand times.
“I'm happy that my name is paired with the Inter bench. But I love Inter too much to hope that things go badly in order for me to become a candidate for the job,” he insisted.
“Therefore, as an ex and a fan, I hope that Stramaccioni and his side can qualify for the Champions League and maybe even complete an incredible comeback against Tottenham.
“I already have a bench and I’m proud to be the Serbia boss.”
Inter’s 3-1 win at Juventus in Week 11 was their seventh straight victory in Serie A, but they’ve only won five more in the top flight since then.
“Inter started poorly, they then picked themselves up before something broke,” Mihajlovic added.
“The players seem nervous, they’ve lost faith, perhaps fear has taken over. It’s time to stay united, those experienced players need to support others. I hope Stramaccioni finds the right answers.”
Inter, who will try to overturn a 3-0 first leg loss to Spurs tonight, are fifth in Serie A – four points adrift of the last Champions League place.