The Italian media has been asking for it for weeks and now it is official. Inter Milan has sacked Frank De Boer after just 14 matches as head coach. The defeat against Sampdoria was the final nail in the coffin for Inter’s owners, and despite a public backing of the manager on Friday where management said they “never questioned Frank” the 46 year old is now out of a job. Inter Primavera coach Stefano Vecchi is taking over training today and will most likely coach the side when they face Southampton on Thursday.
It’s a little uncertain who will take over officially as manager. Previous reports suggested that former Inter manager Leonardo would return as a caretaker manager for the season, while ex-Lazio coach Stefano Pioli now looks to be the favorite. Reportedly there are different factions in Inter management pulling for different coaches, with some pushing for an Italian tactician rather than a foreigner, and others wanting a more long-term coaching option (such as Laurent Blanc-who’s agent denied talking to Inter a couple of days ago but it looks like everybody is lying when it comes to the managerial merry-go-round at this circus of a club so hey who knows) instead of a caretaker to see out the season.
In theory I’m going to write out a longer post talking about my thoughts on De Boer’s time at the club and his sacking. I say in theory for two reason. First because law school is really cutting into my writing time here, but second because I don’t know if I can summon the motivation to overcome my overwhelming disappointment at this club soon enough to write that article while it’s still relevant. Inter hired Frank De Boer 12 days before the start of the new season knowing he was a new to this league and would need time to settle; his preseason was essentially the first 3 or 4 matches of the season. Almost everybody should’ve realized that it would take him quite a bit of time to find his feet here, but even with new owners Inter will always be Inter.
Looks like this is officially Year Zero again.