There has been talk that the Indonesian businessman was looking to off-load his 30 percent share and the common connection would be to sell them back to Moratti.
“No, I’m absolutely not going to buy a stake in Inter from Erick Thohir,” Moratti said to ANSA, via Football Italia. “I already had 30 percent of the club and then I gave it up to Thohir, why would I buy it back?”
He reiterated the position in an interview with Sportitalia.
“Without a doubt I miss being a president. You have a different adrenaline when you have such a role,” he told the outlet, via SempreInter. “However, I have no intention of repurchasing Thohir’s shares as someone said, because I already had them and sold them. It would be absurd.”
During his nearly 20 years as chairman of the team, Moratti was said to have spent nearly €1.5 billion of his own money in the transfer market. During his time, the club bought in such stars as Ronaldo, Christian Vieri, Adriano, Roberto Baggio, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Patrick Vieira.
That isn’t the issue.
What is was Moratti’s short trigger when it came to managers. In two seasons, Inter went from Rafael Benítez, Leonardo, Gasperini and Claudio Ranieri. Before sticking with Roberto Mancini, Moratti had Roy Hodgson, Marcello Lippi, Marco Tardelli, Héctor Cúper and Alberto Zacceroni from 1999 to 2004.
Granted, there was the aforementioned Mancini and Jose Mourinho — both of which won trophies and both of which went on to different clubs shortly thereafter — but having a short fuse is something that has gotten the Nerazzurri in some trouble of late.
For all that Moratti did good for the club during his tenure — 2007 to 2010 — there was a fair share of bad — such as the entire 1990s.
Nonetheless, Suning has control of the team and 30 percent isn’t going to amount to a whole lot of decision-making. I would be surprised of Thohir was in the market to sell his stake simply because it just doesn’t make any sense.
Some managers hired by Massimo Moratti at Inter
- Rafa Benitez Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
- Leonardo Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images
- Gian Piero Gasperini Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images
- Claudio Ranieri Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
- Roberto Mancini Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images
- Jose Mourinho Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images
With potential partnerships with D.C. United (MLS) and the restructuring of the team’s finances, there has been too much work put in by Thohir and his team even with Suning holding the purse strings.
The club seems secure with Luciano Spalletti at the helm. The summer transfer season wasn’t the greatest but it certainly wasn’t the worst. To make a change on the board at this stage of the game makes little to no sense for Moratti, Thohir, Suning, Zhang Jindong and the rest of the Internazionale family.