Premier League

Moratti: Inter Milan Sticking with Stramaccioni

Stramaccioni_InterInter Milan President Massimo Moratti has once again came to the defense of his young coach, saying that Andrea Stramaccion wil be managing the Nerazzurri next season.

Speaking outside of his Saras offices on Monday, the Inter President insisted that Stramaccioni would remain the first team boss next season.

“The project will start again with Stramaccioni,” he stated to Sky Sport Italia. “You always ask me whether he’ll stay and I always tell you yes.

“It is not easy to plan for the future if your computer has a virus, when you have had as many players injured as we have, but we are thinking about next season and doing that well.”

Although he backed the Coach, Moratti was reminded when Alberto Zaccheroni and then Roberto Mancini left after also winning his public backing.

“Zaccheroni and Mancini were different situations,” he explained. “Roberto decided to leave and then what happened then happened.

“We needed to look for a new Coach even if Mancini had done really well and we therefore went to Jose Mourinho. But it was Mancini who broke away.”

Inter got back to winning ways with a 1-0 over Parma on Sunday, but technical director Marco Branca was subjected to criticism from the Inter fans

“We respect people’s opinions, although often they don’t know the ins and outs of the situation. We have a project in place for next season, but it’s not easy to plan when you have a pencil in hand, as opposed to a computer.”

“Branca’s being questioned? People always look for a scapegoat and that’s him at the moment. In our current state it’s important to perform well, but pride could help us achieve results that we thought unlikely. Yesterday the players were cautious and showed good nous – that’s all we can do at this moment in time.”

It has been a really season for Inter, who have been ravaged by injuries this season. The teams lack of depth has resulted in a lot of criticism at the side this season saying and Moratti responded to that criticism by saying:

“It’s too often over the top, people should bear in mind the injuries we’ve sustained. The savage criticism of the team hasn’t considered how many players we’ve had missing. Rocchi was slated before he’d even kicked a ball and yet he’s using his experience to good effect. Jonathan has struggled at times but now he’s back playing well.”

Keeping Strama is a good move by Inter. He is learning on the job, but with the youth of Inter and the experience he is getting, Inter will really benefit in the long run from showing patience with Strama.