Saturday September 24 2011
Moratti: 'I chose Ranieri'

Massimo Moratti reveals Claudio Ranieri was “my choice” for Inter Coach and thanked the players for “not pressuring me” into any decisions.

The President was in the stands in Novara when he saw his side fall to a shock 3-1 defeat on Tuesday, sacking Gian Piero Gasperini the next day.

“Ranieri seems to be a man with good common sense and he'll certainly be able to push the team the right way so they can have the right mentality,” Moratti told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He was my choice and I have to thank the representatives of the locker room for not pressuring me in any way. The lads are disappointed at the situation that was created under Gasperini.”

The former Coach was upset at what he thought was a lack of support from the club, particularly when it came to his 3-4-3 tactics.

“Some might not believe this, but I never wanted to come to the point of sacking him,” added Moratti.

“He was strongly convinced that he could win this challenge by putting his ideas into practice. I supported him, but then was forced to intervene.

“I just hope bad luck can leave us alone soon and that things can change quickly. I still remember we created many scoring opportunities in the Champions League and against Roma. I hope to be in Bologna for today's game.”

Meanwhile, reports are emerging of Ranieri's two-year contract, most notably that he'll receive a €600,000 bonus if he wins the Scudetto and €1.6m for taking the Champions League.

Unlike many modern contracts, there are no performance-related bonuses for reaching the next round of the Champions League or qualifying for next year's tournament.