Saturday January 11 2014
Thohir: 'Inter transition period'

Inter President Erick Thohir warns he is “not Superman” and will take two or three years to bring this club to the top.

The patron sent a video message to fans via Inter Channel from Indonesia on the same day as Honorary President Massimo Moratti attended training.

“It’s normal to feel disappointed as a fan when you lose two games, so am I too,” said Thohir after defeats to Lazio in Serie A and a Coppa Italia exit to Udinese.

“I believe this team has good prospects, but we need to find the right balance. We’re looking at a few players, negotiations are on-going and we’ll try very hard to get them.

“The plans we have to rebuild the team will take two or three years, so we are now in a period of transition. I think we’ll do better this season than last and we’ll try to keep performing better.

“Walter Mazzarri is the perfect Coach for Inter right now. We trust each other. I’ll be in Milan a lot: at the end of January, at the end of February, March, April and May.

“I am not Superman, so I haven’t been able to do that much so far. My plans are to make Inter a healthy club, accompany the team during this transition period and open to the international market so we have even more fans outside of Italy.

“Serie A are considering playing some games in Asia. All this will take one or two years, not 60 days.”

Mazzarri has been very vocal in his complaints about the lack of penalties awarded to Inter this season.

“I trust the referees to be fair to all teams. I know Serie A referees are the best in the world,” commented Thohir.