Thursday January 4 2018
Pioli: ‘No Inter regrets’

Fiorentina Coach Stefano Pioli insists he has “no regrets” about his brief spell at Inter last season.

The tactician replaced Frank de Boer on the Nerazzurri bench in March 2016, but was sacked on May 9 the following year.

The Beneamata started well under Pioli, winning 12 of 16 Serie A games, but following a draw with Torino they lost five and drew one of their subsequent matches.

“When I think of Inter I have no regrets,” the Viola boss insisted, speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I’d do everything the same way. I know the collapse seemed inexplicable, but people don’t realise how much we put in on that ‘crazy’ run.

“It was almost impossible, and the KO with Sampdoria deflated our motivation, then with the last-minute draw in the derby everything broke out.

“The process of interviews to find a new Inter Coach caused a sensation, but the reality is that all clubs do it: they tell you they only want you and then it turns out that’s not true.

“The difference with Suning is that they did it expressly, without hiding. When [sporting director Piero] Ausilio called me I was in New York, I’d just had an offer from another club.

“He and [Umberto] Nandini came to my house in Parma and told me I was the only candidate.

“Two days later I met the Chinese owners. It was the longest job interview of my career: two years of endless English-Italian-Chinese translations. In the end I came out satisfied though.”

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