Tuesday March 25 2014
Thohir: Everyone under scrutiny

Erick Thohir says that everyone, including Coach Walter Mazzarri, remains ‘under scrutiny’ at Inter this season.

The club were taken over in November by the Indonesian businessman and, whilst reports have been of Mazzarri, sporting director Piero Ausilio and director general Marco Fassone all being assured long term of their roles, Thohir has hinted otherwise.

“Are they all confirmed no matter what? No, because they are all under scrutiny,” Thohir has explained this week to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“And to explain this concept better, I say that also under examination is [former DC United CFO Michael] Williamson, who I wanted as head of human resources, financial and legal aspects.

“It is right to have confidence in everyone, but also that each will answer for their actions.

“This, however, should not be misunderstood. I’m currently very satisfied with the work of the people who I have nominated.

“But I must make continuous checks with everyone. Mazzarri has another year of his contract, but he is the first to know that further planning will be required.

“The last time I was in Milan I told him how important it will be to plan, but also to remain focused on the present.”

Thohir also has a running interest in DC United, who have just begun the MLS season, but he has made clear current focus is at San Siro.

“Especially now as we are building a new project, my head is focused on Inter. There was a board of directors’ meeting for United set in March, but I begged them to move it, because in those days I had to go to Milan to talk to the banks. So, I have missed their first game of the MLS season.

“Acquiring a company in itself is always complicated, let alone if you are a foreigner. There are many aspects to be studied and evaluated.

“But I have always worked to find practical solutions, it is essential that I am not one who is interested in notoriety, I have always preferred to keep a low profile.

“Similar in that way to the Moratti family? In fact, I think that this has aided the success of our negotiations - Massimo Moratti reminds me of my father, Teddy.

“I have a lot to thank my parents for teaching me many things - I was told I had to be rich because that would be the only way to help people and to be honest to be more credible. Then, there is also ambition, of course.”

Thohir has also discussed the club’s continuing talks with Bacary Sagna, and how they will approach identifying transfer targets for the summer.

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