Thursday, October 23, 2014
Massimo Moratti has ended an almost 20-year association with Inter by resigning his position as honorary President.
The 69-year-old was handed that title last year after completing a majority share transfer deal to Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir.
However, after just the 12 months in the new role, the petroleum tycoon has stepped down, along with his son Angelomario, Rinaldo Ghelfi and Alberto Manzonetto, directors who held Moratti’s three seats on the club’s board.
A statement from Moratti's company that holds his now minority share at the club has since surfaced to confirm the news.
“Internazionale Holding Srl, a company headed by Massimo Moratti and his sons Angelomario Moratti and Giovanni Moratti, and holds 29.5 per cent of Fc Internazionale Milano Spa communicates that today Angelomario Moratti, Rinaldo Ghelfi and Alberto Manzonetto have each individually resigned their posts as director at Fc Internazionale Milano Spa.
“Internazionale Holding Srl also announces that Massimo Moratti has today resigned as honorary President of Fc Internazionale Milano Spa kindly offered to him by Erick Thohir in November last year.”
Speculation this week has been that Moratti and Thohir were divided on management of the club moving forward.
Moratti took over the club and presidency in 1995 and in an 18-year reign saw Inter collect five Scudetti, four Coppa Italias, four Supercoppa Italianas, the Champions League, UEFA Cup and Club World Cup.
After months of negotiations, he then transferred a majority shareholding in the club over to Thohir in November 2013, for a reported figure of €250m.
Moratti’s father Angelo was also club President from 1955 to 1968, during the era of La Grande Inter.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Erick Thohir has reiterated Inter’s intention is to respect UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, as he reflects on taking the club digital.
The Nerazzurri held their shareholders’ meeting today and afterwards the owner and a number of his staff faced the media.
At the Press conference, Financial Fair Play was a topic particularly up for discussion.
“We are aware of Financial Fair Play as we experienced similar situations in the States. We respect rules and FFP contains a positive message,” Thohir began to reporters today.
“FFP ensures that clubs are not toys in just a few people’s hands – that is a risk. The image of the city could fall into decline. Inter is a big brand and we have to protect it.
“In terms of talking about players, I say that we must aim to return to being in the world’s top 10.
“In the last 11 months, we bought players like Hernanes and Danilo D’Ambrosio spending a lot of money.
“We bought more players because we wanted to have a more competitive squad. And we lowered our average age to 26.4 years.
“It’s important to build a competitive team but it’s not easy. Every Italian club will find themselves facing the issue when the new TV deal in the UK will be fulfilled. So we have to be careful to parameters but at the same time try to reach our targets.
“For instance, if in January we had the same injuries as now, it would have been difficult. We tried to balance the squad and we did it.
“We also make sure that players are ready to be part of Inter. If things didn’t go well, players should be the first to realise that Inter is not the right place for them.
“I can’t be one of those leaders who blames everyone when things go wrong. As a leader, I must understand where I got it wrong and where the management got it wrong.
“That’s why we take decisions all together. We must keep going up in the table, but in the end the most important thing is having built a strong team.
“It’s not my fault [if there are too many foreigners]. It’s part of the 106 years of history of this club. We have some players like Bonazzoli, Sciacca and Palazzi who played for the Under-19 side.
“But the most important thing is how we go on to the pitch. The same applies to management. We must be competitive.
“I keep saying that football is not just a sport anymore – it’s media and users. It’s important on and off the pitch. We must not only focus on football all the time, because the stadium is not only a pitch.
“Then there are fans. My daughter only works on her laptop. She doesn’t read newspapers and doesn’t watch TV. For me it’s difficult, for her it’s normal.
“The world is changing and in order to involve our fans more and more we need to go digital more and more. And everybody’s background here is very important to give life to our strategy – we don’t want to reach only Italian supporters but every fan in the world.
“There will be an increasing numbers of foreign supporters coming to the stadium to watch Inter. Yesterday there was a group of Asian fans there to watch the game. Imagine 264m fans that want to come.”
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Inter are reportedly lining up a proposal for Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, but must sell first.
Pocho would be eager to reunite with his old Napoli Coach Walter Mazzarri and return to Serie A, as contract renegotiations with PSG have faltered.
According to today's edition of Tuttosport, the initial plan is to take Lavezzi on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.
Inter can raise the necessary funds by selling one or all of Fredy Guarin, Ricky Alvarez and Zdravko Kuzmanovic.
Guarin is waiting for a big European club to come in for him, but so far the Colombian seems unimpressed with the Zenit option.
Alvarez is of interest to Atletico Madrid, but only on loan whereas Inter want to monetise on him for €12m.
Kuzmanovic has interest from Crystal Palace and Leicester City for around €4.5m (£3.8m).
Chievo are hopeful of completing the signature of Inter pair Ruben Botta and Ezequiel Matias Schelotto on loan deals.
The Verona based club are keen to bolster their side in time for the upcoming season and Inter are seemingly prepared to allow the two players to leave the San Siro on loan deals.
According to Sky Sport Italia, the deals will be wrapped up in the next few days for Botta and Schelotto; the latter had been strongly linked with a return to Parma, where he spent last season on loan.
The pair were both born in Argentina but Schelotto represented Italy in 2o12 in a game against England and at club level they have both struggled to establish themselves at Inter since they joined from Tigre and Atalanta respectively.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The coach reflected on a job well done against Stjarnan: "Smart enough to bide our time and wait for the first goal to come. All the lads did well tonight"
Walter Mazzarri was understandably satisfied after an efficient Inter display in Reykjavik saw them triumph on an away trip that had all the makings of the proverbial banana skin.
Speaking to Inter Channel and the gathered journalists following tonight's 3-0 win at Laugardalsvöllur Stadium, the Nerazzurri manager explained: "It was good that we managed to break the deadlock. It wasn't easy at the start because they got men behind the ball and battened down the hatches, waiting to strike on the counter.
We were smart enough to bide our time and wait for the goal to come. Getting the second straight after the restart was important too, and it came following a nicely worked move.
Up until that point we were very careful in making sure we weren't caught on the counter-attack. Maybe we started to wane a bit physically towards the end and we ended up letting them in a few times." 3-0 is a good result but it's only the first half of the tie.
Asked if he expected a big turnout at the Meazza for the return leg, Mazzarri replied: "It's our first home game of the season in front of the fans and I hope there will be a big crowd. It would be really nice for the lads." Commenting then on some of the players' indivdual performances, the Nerazzurri boss went on: "Hernanes did pretty well. He's improving, as all the players are.
He and Mateo played well tonight, because they had to work both defend and attack. I've mentioned those two but overall I'm happy with how all the lads played.
M'Vila has come on loads, we knew he needed to get games under his belt. He's an imposing figure who stays calm and is confident both when building play and breaking it up. Dodo? Yes, he did well too. He has to keep going now."
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Hernanes warned Inter not to underestimate Europa League opponents Stjarnan. "Anyone can hurt you."
The Nerazzurri travel to Iceland for the first leg of their play-off on Wednesday evening.
"It will require great concentration," the Brazilian told Inter Channel.
"The results I saw in Brazil over the last few days were shocking. You must give it your all in every match, otherwise anyone can hurt you."
Inter have struggled in recent friendlies, losing 3-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt and drawing 0-0 with PAOK.
"I expected us to hold out for just about 45 minutes, but I played a little more. My legs are starting to move better now and in the second half I had a lot of energy left, despite the tiredness.
"I think we will reach the Europa League tie in good condition. I worked hard and remained sharp, though it is inevitable to feel tired at this stage of the season."