Wednesday November 19 2014
Inter not expecting Mancio miracles

Inter President Erick Thohir says he doesn’t expect heroics from Roberto Mancini, and assures that Mancio will be given time.

Mancini replaced Walter Mazzarri on the San Siro bench last week, after the latter oversaw a slump which witnessed the Nerazzurri slide to ninth in Serie A.

In an interview with Topskor, Thohir outlined what he expects of the returning Coach, insisting that he doesn’t expect miracles.

“The objectives are the same as the ones we set Mazzarri: qualifying for Europe,” Thohir declared.

“The minimum goal is the Europe League, which now provides a route to the Champions League.

“I’m not asking for heroics, I will give Mancini as long as possible to build this team in order to achieve the ideal level of stability.

“The decision to hire Mancini went through thorough examination. I spoke with him, he’s very ambitious.

“If he wasn’t he wouldn’t have signed a three-year contract with us.

“Choosing Mancini is also in line with the Financial Fair Play commitments of the club, he understands our situation very well.

“He coached Inter before from 2004 to 2008 and won seven trophies, he’s not a new figure. He knows the environment at Inter very well, it’s his team.”

Mancini’s first game on his return to the Beneamata dugout will be Sunday's Milan derby, when Inter take on city rivals Milan who lie two places further up the table in seventh.

Thohir admits the derby was on his mind when appointing the new Coach and called on Inter fans to back the team.

“The derby? It was part of our calculations.

“We called Mancini during the international break. After the derby we have the Europa League match with Dnipro and then we’re playing Roma.

“It’s not an easy task for him, but he definitely plans on bringing home some positive results.

“I urge the fans to go to the stadium and support our lads in the best possible way.

“No more whistling or insults directed at the Coach or players. Inter is one big family, and the fans are part of that.

“Therefore, they should provide positive support.”

The President was less forthcoming, however, on the possibility of activity in the January transfer window.

“All possibilities are open,” Thohir insisted.

“Let’s wait and see what Mancini’s plans are.

“But we must also pay attention to the welfare of the club, which is just as important.”

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