Saturday April 9 2011
Moratti: 'Leonardo joke was smart'

Inter President Massimo Moratti believes Leonardo was “smart” to say he wouldn't be a director for the club.

This week the Coach said he'd probably fire himself after the costly defeats to Milan and Schalke, but would not accept a directorial role in future.

“He was smart to say that, because otherwise it would look as if a defeat means he should give up coaching and become a director. It was an intelligent statement,” said Moratti.

“There is no agreement for him to become a director once his experience as Coach is over. He has a contract as a Coach.

“He made a joke about firing himself, not to create controversy, but as usual people try to read into it. It was a cute joke.”

The President was in the stands for today's game with Chievo at San Siro.

“The players are certainly not happy at the moment, but all are ready to react. These are the same lads as last season, they are intelligent, have a sense of responsibility and we just need to see if their legs will hold them.”