Friday July 19 2013
Walter’s Inter mission

Walter Mazzarri faces some challenge at Inter, but Giancarlo Rinaldi thinks he has the skills to revive the Nerazzurri.

I have been thinking a lot about Walter Mazzarri lately. It must be something to do with the long weeks without a fix of football action. My mind keeps wandering to who might be facing the most daunting task in Calcio in the season to come – and it is the Tuscan Coach's name which keeps popping up again and again.

Not that he is a stranger to a tricky challenge. As a young footballer, he was once being considered a contender to replace his idol Giancarlo Antognoni in the Fiorentina midfield. That one might not have worked out so well, but he has taken on just as tall an order in trying to steer Inter back to greatness.

His coaching career has followed a very different route to his playing days. His failure to oust a Viola legend from the first team ultimately saw him ply his trade around the football provinces. On the bench, however, there has been a definite upward trend which has taken him from Acireale in C2 to a post with one of Italy's big three.

But he's probably landed at the most dysfunctional of that Serie A trinity. Juventus are back in their role as domestic top dogs while Milan have clung on to their domain – the Champions League – by the skin of their teeth. The Nerazzurri, however, have become a tritacarne (a meat grinder) for managers since their historic treble under Jose Mourinho.

Yet Mazzarri was surely at the right stage in his career to take on such a titanic task. He might not have achieved all he could in Naples – a Scudetto would surely have sealed his legend – but he came pretty close. It was time to take on a make-or-break challenge for his coaching reputation.

Make no mistake, the Inter job is the rockiest of coastlines around which to try to navigate your managerial credentials. Only a handful of Coaches have lasted more than a couple of seasons since the glory days of Helenio Herrera in the 1960s. Eugenio Bersellini, Giovanni Trapattoni and Roberto Mancini delivered more than a dozen trophies between them to enjoy such prolonged spells in charge. Your passport to a feeling of permanence has to be stamped with silverware.

Mazzarri knows this, of course, and has quickly tuned in to the club's desire to return to the upper reaches of Serie A. His enterprising brand of football would be welcome too, but not if it fails to produce results. Fans in blue and black don't want another season of being mocked by their historic rivals.

For some strange reason, I get the feeling he might just manage to deliver what they want. He strikes me as the right man in the right place at the right time. That is unlikely to mean an overnight return to the Scudetto, but at the very least it should bring a shift back up the League table. He has a squad which is capable of significant improvement and has always possessed a clear vision of how his teams should play. That ought to be sufficient to boost the Nerazzurri's fortunes significantly. Although, be warned, I have been well wide of the mark with such predictions in the past.

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Have your say...
One manager could not change everything?

He could only direct the sail to the right direction, but he need others (player, management and fans) to row the boat...

1. Juventus
2. Napoli
3. Fiorentina/ Milan
on the 20th July, 2013 at 12:33pm
If Mazzarri wanted a challenge, he sure has a huge one on his hands.
Unfortunately, no matter how good you are as a coach, you can't polish a turd.
You need quality players with a strong desire to work together and win.
Inter have neither or those. What they do have is a fan base with a strong delusions of grandeur. And like anyone working in mental health knows, those aberrant beliefs are very difficult to shift.
Inter - See you in May when you're struggling to get into Europe again...ha ha!!
on the 20th July, 2013 at 12:20pm
Wow I can't believe how deluded inter fans are, now they have another new coach they'll start winning, i would have thought after rainieri, gasp, strama that maybe they would have learned that your mourinho era was a one off. Your success in entirely down to mourinho. Mazarri is a decent manager. He isn't conte, jomo, Benitez. So basically inter can this year aim for an EL spot.

Inter r a hopeless case. I feel sorry for Milan having 2 share a stadium with losers
on the 20th July, 2013 at 10:47am
Mazzarri Inter will not work! This pathetic Inter squad needs a complete evolution, Inter will not make the CL for sure, probably your cousins Milan to miss it too..

Juventus, Napoli and 3rd probably Fiorentina.. Then again, I wish you luck next year in Europe..

Wait a minute, you are not even qualified for EL :)))
on the 20th July, 2013 at 7:59am
Did I read from an Inter fan that Juventus is a joke in Europe? Jealousy is a B***h ROFL
on the 20th July, 2013 at 7:56am
Love to hear inter fans enthusiasm of getting a new owner and become a new psg or Monaco. Must be lovely to rely on mercenaries and way over payed players who sole purpose for being at the team is getting payed and have no affection to th team what so ever. Maybe start with try get ibra back, he seems to be a blood hound when it comes to money. Sad world.

Forza Curva Sud
on the 20th July, 2013 at 7:34am
Mazzarri will be success with Intermilan ^^. Forza Inter
on the 20th July, 2013 at 5:05am
@Lugullo De Laurentis didn't get rid of Mazzari to conquer CL (where Napoli performed quite well in their only try); he accused him of being a cheating wife i.e. Walter left the Patrenopei not the other way around...
on the 19th July, 2013 at 7:57pm
@Brian Moratti is wealthy yes, but even at his wealthiest was not in the same league as the Agnellis, not to mention Berlusconi or Abramovich (never was he on Forbes billionaire list). Moreover, the team has been hemorrhaging money for years now (Milan do far better with sponsorships and commercial income). Thohir can supposedly finance a new stadium, which will expand Inter's horizons under FFP (and secure the fortune of Moratti's estate).
on the 19th July, 2013 at 7:53pm
Basically you can only spend money that is actually profit after covering all club + business side costs, which with no European football can dent a clubs income, and I think Moratti is trying to avoid bank loans/injection cause he need a garuntee in European football and other income from t shirt sales to wages being content, if a new owner was to come in, he'd cover all the same costs with Moratti and boost money into the transfer/wage pot but obviously Moratti loses a percentage
on the 19th July, 2013 at 7:50pm
He may be a great manager, but you cannot make silk purses from pigs ears. Inter have a very average squad and their position was all that could really be expected. They look no stronger this season than last. He won't get the time to build a winning side and he'll be gone by this time next year.
on the 19th July, 2013 at 6:14pm
I admire ADL's ambition. He knew that Mazzarri was not the coach to get Napoli deep into CL and he went out and got a CL winner and sold cavani to fund the project. Benitez will do well in CL. On the other hand, Mazzarri is going to deal with the lazy Inter culture that does not know how to play in the snow - they choke every winter. Senior players run the change room - Zanetti has no balls to stick up for his coach - another writeoff season for Inter. Strama you will be missed next season!!!!!!
on the 19th July, 2013 at 4:56pm
Anonymous, Mazzarri had taken Napoli up the ladder each year he was there, so this myth that staying with an italian club more than 2 seasons, means nothing. If something is working, and Napoli/Mazzarri were, then why change it? Mazzarri left way too soon as there was a league championship to win 1st, then a CL. Napoli have the money to buy players, and yes Cavani would've left regardless. He knew the time was right to cash in on a big contract. He's not gone to Paris for the level of football.
on the 19th July, 2013 at 4:10pm

M: we need a right winger and a player in the middle for us to be competitive, isla is not goimg to inter , so maybe Micah Richards, or Van der Wiel.

Forward: They buys were good but they still a lot to learn this 2 young players( Iscardi, Belfoid)

The team ill choose with the players we have

Palacio Icardi

Pereira Guarin Cambiasso Kovavic jonathan/new buy or il pupi
Juan Samuel Ranoccia
on the 19th July, 2013 at 3:58pm
2. I hope Inter dont sell more that 49% so Moratti cam still be in charge.

The Inter Squat for this year.

Goalkeeper: I think this is our strong area Handanovic is in the top 10 of keepers.

Defense: We have 6 good players, but 3 are very old so , But if mazzari knows how to train Ranoccia, Juan Jesus and Andreolli ( Samuel ) well have a good defense.

M: This is where we need another player, for me Guarin and Kovavic are key, Cambiasso his level is a lot below his best days.
on the 19th July, 2013 at 3:51pm
I think Mazzarri is a great coach but I think he needs a couple of seasons before great things happen at Inter. It has been a shame to see yet more talented Italian players sold off this summer (to top clubs) and in there place players, in my opinion, are yet to proove themselves.

Its also a worry that Inter seem to be the only team in Europe that are thinking about financial fair play, could it be another rule that won't be enforced and Inter have puniched themselves...
on the 19th July, 2013 at 3:49pm
i think Mazzari is the right choose for Inter, besides him maybe Blanc but all the other good managers were hire or didnt want to come to Inter.

Inter need new ideas, to start from 0, and with no european competion they will be very well rested for the Serie A,

A realistic goal for this year is to enter Champions League , but this year is going to be a lot harder because so many good club are going to fight for that spot, I think this season coming is going to be the best one in years,
on the 19th July, 2013 at 3:46pm
And with Mazzari and Thohirs money running the club Inter may will be Italys only hope as Milan under Berlasconi will not win CL again and Juve have only ever been able to but Serie A titles in Europe they are a joke
on the 19th July, 2013 at 3:32pm
Once Thohir Invests he will clear the debt on Inters books thetefore allowing them to spend and this is what Inter need, to be able to buy the World class players that are worthy of Inter instead of players like Jonathan. Forza Inter soon to be back at the top!
on the 19th July, 2013 at 3:30pm
I would be interested to hear why Maradonzmac10 thinks Mazzarri left too soon. He was there 4 years, which is a long time in Italian football and I don't think that Napoli could have afforded him the money to build a team that could compete in the Champions League.

Do you think Cavani would have stayed if Mazzarri had done?
on the 19th July, 2013 at 2:51pm
Factor in all of the above and I think there are worrying times for Inter. A manager can only be as good as the team he has at his disposal.Finally can anyone tell me how FFP works, Moratti has plenty of money but yet he does not spend as he used to because of FFP, yet if he sells a stake to Erick Thohir, then suddenly there is money to spend. This doesn’t make much sense to me, one wealthy person cannot spend money on the club but another wealthy person can!
on the 19th July, 2013 at 2:47pm
2.Compared to his previous club Napoli the midfield seems old and stagnant. His brand of football requires stamina, technique and good passing in midfield and I don’t see this in abundance at inter
3.Besides Kovacic, his attacking/striking dept at Inter is not as good as what he had at Napoli. Players like Belfodil, Icardi, Palacio (yet see how El Principe fares when he returns from a long injury) are not as lethal as what he had at Napoli (Lavezzi, Cavani, Hamsik)
on the 19th July, 2013 at 2:46pm
To start I am a big fan of Serie A for over 20 years and like to see all Italian clubs get back to the glory days of the 90s and early 2000s where Serie A was regarded as the pinnacle of any players career
Im not saying I totally disagree with your article as only time will tell how Mazzari and inter fare but I have a couple of things to note:
1.Mazzari employees a 3 man defence, Gasperini tried this with much the same defenders and it completely failed, why should it work now
on the 19th July, 2013 at 2:44pm
I think Mazzarri will have a really tough time at Inter, and therefor damage his great reputation as one of the best managers in Europe. He was making something special with Napoli, and I think he left too soon. Napoli were the perfect club for him, but he will regret leaving them I believe.
on the 19th July, 2013 at 1:57pm

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