Saturday June 1 2019
Inter right to sack timid Spalletti

Despite reaching the Champions League again, Luciano Spalletti took Inter as far as he could, so replacing him with Antonio Conte was a no-brainer for Vilizar Yakimov.

By the time Luca Banti blew the final whistle of the Inter-Empoli game, Luciano Spalletti already knew. The 60-year-old’s face was saying it all and for a moment it was really easy to get confused and think that Spalletti was still the Coach of the relegated Empoli, instead of an Inter side who just secured their Champions League qualification.

In fact the Tuscan tactician looked like an isolated figure among the jubilation and the relief that took over San Siro, as he played his part in the relegation of the club where his managerial career started and was losing his job at the same time.

It was easy to feel bad for Spalletti, as his disappointment and sadness were there for all to see. And while some might consider his sacking a bit harsh, there was one other emotion on his face that justified the decision of the club. Obedience.

In all honesty, Spalletti didn’t have much of a choice, but to obey the decision made by the club. However, this part of his character has been evident way too often throughout his Nerazzurri reign and was arguably the main reason for his dismissal.

Since joining Inter, Spalletti has never really showed enough boldness to challenge the current status quo in Serie A, nor within the club.

It was obvious a long time ago that actions should be taken against the unacceptable behaviour of Mauro Icardi and his agent-wife Wanda Nara. However, in order to avoid a conflict within the locker room, Spalletti was ignoring the elephant in the room for way too long. While Inter could’ve undoubtedly handled the Icardi-situation much better, actions were taken only after Beppe Marotta’s arrival at the club.

Another example that showcased Spalletti’s timid approach was the Joao Mario case. The Portuguese publicly criticised and disrespected more than once not only Inter, but also Serie A as a whole. Despite that, Spalletti surprisingly allowed him to get back into the team after the midfielder’s loan spell at West Ham came to an end. While the 26-year-old put in some decent performances, he was eventually frozen out once again due to his reported lack of dedication in training.

Putting the situations in the locker room aside, the lack of progress on the pitch compared to last term was also a proof that Spalletti can’t take Inter much further. Despite allowing him to have a much needed full pre-season with the team and boosting his squad with the likes of Radja Nainggolan, Lautaro Martinez, Keita Balde, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sime Vrsaljko and Stefan de Vrij, the Nerazzurri faithful once again had to wait until the final game of the season to secure their target.

While Spalletti’s brilliant decision to put on Keita Balde after the break against Empoli proved to be decisive, if it weren’t for Samir Handanovic’s heroics between the sticks, right now we would be talking about a complete disaster of a season for Inter.

While by looking from the outside, the Nerazzurri seem to have a really good squad, this was often nullified by Spalletti’s cautious and at times very negative approach. The Icardi drama and the reported internal conflicts within the locker room didn’t help help him, but the truth is Spalletti and the club were ignoring a ticking bomb for way too long.

By saying all this, we should clarify that Luciano Spalletti is not a bad Coach by any means. Finishing fourth with Udinese and constantly securing Champions League finishes at both Roma and Inter prove that he is more than capable of reaching important objectives and building solid foundations at different clubs on a high level.

His four trophies in Russia during his time at Zenit St Petersburg might not be the most prestigious ones, but winning the Coppa Italia twice, as well as a Supercoppa Italiana with Roma, should not be underestimated.

However, Spalletti has one big flaw that has prevented him from making the next step and become a truly great Coach and that is that he is too timid to break the status quo. With Inter having the resources, prestige and ambition to end Juventus dominance, the Nerazzurri need a Coach who is both brave and arrogant enough to challenge the champions.

La Beneamata seem to have found their man with Antonio Conte and while it remains to be seen if the former Juventus boss will manage repeat his heroics on the Nerazzurri bench, it was clear that Spalletti doesn’t have what it takes to do it.

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Have your say...
Absoluteky useless article with no topic. The conclusion is, that Spalleti was fired, as he WAS TOO TIMID TO BREAK THE STATUS QUO. What should we understand from this? Can anyone give me an idea. Just somebodies theoretical contemplation, which holds no practical gist. I implore the author to stop wasting his time and especially the time of the site visitors.
on the 5th June, 2019 at 9:10pm
Luca's suggestion for an Inter team...imagine dropping out of the top 4.

Asamoah played the best LB of his career. D'Ambrosio is no beast but every team needs a player like him, even in the starting lineup.

I've always believed in Lukaku, but not yet convinced this is the move for Inter. Looks like we'll find out. But Inter need a playmaker, and Inter have no reason to keep Miranda if they bring in Godin, who they likely shouldn't bring in. Miranda clearly still has it.
on the 5th June, 2019 at 3:53pm

Lozano could be a really good signing, as would Ziyech, but the latter will probably go to a bigger club

They've needed a CB for years. Izzo would be an upgrade, or Rugani might do well beside Koulibaly rather than another season on the Juve bench

Herrera on a free(not sure if he's signed for AM??)

Up front, Jovic

Di Lorenzo-Rugani/Izzo-Koulibaly-Ghoulam/Hernandez

They could get way over 100m for the players they don't really need
on the 4th June, 2019 at 2:21pm
Conte will be remembered as one thing only "A MERCINARY" but Inter at least got soemthing right - if you want to win you hire ex-Juventini because ex-Interisti know nothing about winning :P
on the 3rd June, 2019 at 4:00pm
@FERBAN well maybe not the best two players for Napoli but the fact that they have pull and desire to improve the squad is a good sign.
James owes his fame to a WC yes but he knows Carlo and in Serie A could maybe show his best form in years.
Everyone always says Napoli lack top players or experienced winners.
Who do you think Napoli need?
A CB (Izzo?), a LB (Theo H.?), and maybe a midfielder if Allan leaves. What about Quagliarella return? Lozano?
on the 2nd June, 2019 at 3:30pm
This is some tabloid level stuff. My compliments. You need some serious lack of intelligence to rect this. Start sending your CV's to Sun, Daily Star etc.
on the 2nd June, 2019 at 7:08am
Ya know who messes things up, sets up the coach and club to fail with a jinx ? ....the FANS / ULTRAS. you fools (in Italy) need to show some patience love for club / players / coach. You turn on them so fast for one little hiccup,or when things are rough.
You did to a great coach Spaletti, don’t do it to Conte.he’ll drop Inter like a pair of soiled underwear.
Icardi tho is a total douche. Hope his career plummets from here on out.
Maybe next season will be tight 3 horse race to very end.
on the 2nd June, 2019 at 4:26am

I doubt D Costa and J Rodriguez arriving would do much for Napoli. One is a headcase and the other one of the most overrated players of the last decade.

Italian teams need to stop wasting money on these short-term "names".
on the 2nd June, 2019 at 4:22am
Has he taken them forward, either team? Really? Roma did nothing under him that they didn't do under Garcia. He didn't save them from a Garcia debacle (Roma being Roma, which they were again two months ago).

And the mythology around is that his teams play beautiful football. All this because of his "4-6-0", and Totti at False 9, one-touching like a video game.

But that beautiful football barely featured his next season. And it hasn't featured since.
on the 2nd June, 2019 at 3:22am
There's a mythology about Spalletti that is based solely on his time with Roma...11 years ago.

Since then he's gone to Russia (for way too long), then came back to Roma (as if his time with Roma was all the success or 2nd place finishes they've had recently), then to Inter.

At Roma he took over from Garcia's great work and they didn't take any step closer. At Inter, he wasted the chance he's obviously relished since he first worked at Roma.
on the 2nd June, 2019 at 3:20am
I think there is no need of mentioning players yet, true we have those who don’t deserve the shirt but still we got some strong names in the squad that needs to be used efficiently...perhaps a player or two but what we were really missing was the grinta that supposedly conte should bring in...any ways before conte wins anything he should win the fans first
on the 2nd June, 2019 at 2:49am
Let's start this new dawn peacefully soundly; so we need to provide a bit armory for conte to build his footprint on us. I think he could easily said zappacosta instead of moses and dalbert will be of greater of use for conte. We need a hard dm and another providing. For me william carvalho is the very best for the holding role then you can sell gagliardini and bring barella. If you cost money it should be for someone like fekir not chiesa. We need heavy artillary going next season; ALL THE BEST
on the 1st June, 2019 at 11:30pm
Juve may be vulnerable next season having to adapt to a new manager.
Napoli should improve in Ancelotti's 2nd season and links with player like James Rodrigues and Diego Costa are a good sign.
Inter with Conte will be scary, especially if they sign all their transfer targets.
The top 3 will be interesting next season but everyone else is miles behind.
on the 1st June, 2019 at 11:19pm
Imagine an Inter team of:


De Vrij Godin Skriniar

Moses Barella Radja Tagliafico


Martinez Lukaku

Would be very solid defensively and potent going forward
on the 1st June, 2019 at 7:41pm
Spalletti wasn't up to the job. 1 dimensional tactically. Inter never look cohesive on the pitch. Waited too long to make changes. Settled for the draw against PSV. Worst of all he always looked nervous on the touchline like he was awaiting the next disaster leading to players playing without confidence. Welcome Conte and hopefully a summer where someone knows that signing has-beens is not a good policy and there is no repeat of giving the future away as a make-weight as in the Ninja deal.
on the 1st June, 2019 at 4:40pm
I blame Spalletti more than anyone else for this year's regression (fewer points, disharmony, etc.). He should have managed the dressing room and the team (between administration and squad) far better than he did. Icardi could have been handled so differently. Meanwhile Inter had zero creativity in the final 1/3rd or 1/4. So tough to watch. Keita's sub was great. Dalbert's sub almost (should have?) cost them the game. Hopefully Conte brings final 3rd decisiveness and much needed discipline
on the 1st June, 2019 at 4:01pm
Replace Spalletti with Allegri, and replace Inter with Juventus... The writer should call Allegri a coward too, but instead there was love flowing on Football-Italia for Allegri.

Clearly double standards exist, but hey, don't mind me, I'm just trying to get past this editorial...
on the 1st June, 2019 at 3:58pm
Tonight Spurs may win the CL. Only for Spalletti's timidness in the final group game Spurs would have been in the EL.
on the 1st June, 2019 at 11:54am
Hoo! New era about to begin. And there is a hard reason for it and that is our ambition is SKY-HIGH. We could easily be second last season where we fall hard in fourth. So changes in gear for me; no point about fetching the coin that is well under the mud. Its a highly fresh squad so hope should be poured in. We know what is lost and thats huge huge; ICAAARDI!!. Dzeko and kolarov is highly used machine for us to chip in. You could have said the napoli pair; milik and ghoulam for godsake!!
on the 1st June, 2019 at 11:47am
I am sorry to see Conte go there,he was a great captain and manager for Juventus and after all inter's antics against Juventus, but money talks, and I think he is a great coach, he builds a team that doesn;t know when to give up, they have endurance and intensity, which juve lost over the 5 years of Allegri. I would fear inter now, and the cheek of their ultras!!!
on the 1st June, 2019 at 10:45am

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