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On Tuesday Inter Milan announced that they had parted company with Frank de Boer, just 84 days after he took charge of the Italian giants on a three-year contract.
De Boer, 46, won just six of his 15 games in charge in all competitions as he leaves Inter scrambling in the bottom half of Serie A and with just one win from their three Europa League games so far.
In a brief statement on the club website, Inter confirmed that youth team coach Stefano Vecchi will take temporary charge of the team for their crucial Europa League Group K clash at Southampton on Thursday.
“Inter would like to place on record its thanks to Frank and his coaching team for their work with the club over the past months and wishes them the best for the future. Further announcements regarding the first team coaching position will be made in due course.”
This was inevitable.
De Boer replaced Roberto Mancini less than two weeks before the current season started as the Italian manager fell out with those in charge at the club over transfer dealings.
Inter is currently in a mess off the field as a takeover from Chinese investors has led to plenty of confusion behind-the-scenes as to who is calling the shots with Indonesian businessman Erik Thohir still around as club president and he also owns a 31.05 percent of the club.
To add to the poor recent displays on the pitch, captain Mauro Icardi incensed home supporters by criticizing Inter’s Ultras in his new book and expensive new signings Joao Mario and Gabriel Barbosa, plus Geoffroy Kondogbia and Stevan Jovetic, have not been included in their Europa League squad due to financial fair play issues.
Like I said, it’s a mess.
De Boer was on a hiding to nothing from the start and when I was in Milan two weeks ago newspapers were already taking about a narrow win over Southampton saving him his job… for now.
Well, now he’s gone and Inter, the 18-time champions of Italy and three-time champions of Europe, continues to be one of the most dysfunctional clubs around.