In May 2010 Inter Milan became the first Italian side to record the historic treble. Now, less than two years later, the same side is struggling to clinch the playoff spot for the Champions League.
But where did it all go wrong?
Having accomplished what he set out do, José Mourinho, the coach and symbol for that historic treble triumph, packed his belongings and headed for a new challenge.
Since then, the Beneamata have switched coaches no less than four times.
Simply because of Massimo Moratti’s lack of patience when things haven’t gone accordingly on the pitch. With the Nerazzurri’s string of bad results, the media has been rife with speculation regarding Ranieri’s future.
However, sacking the former Roma and Juventus tactician will do Inter no favors considering the state of the club. At best, a new coach could resurge the players long enough for it to last throughout the season as they fight for a spot in next year’s edition of Europe’s elite club tournament.
But as we all know, that is simply a short-term plan.
So let’s face it. Since Mourinho’s departure no coach has been given the amount of faith, support or handed such a degree of free reins as the Portuguese.
Instead, it has been the Inter patron himself and sporting director Marco Branca who has been calling the shots for the club in the transfer market, with no regards to the wishes of the coach.
On top of that, they tend to give very clear indications as to their lack of support in their coach straight to the media when team is performing below par.
So, how do you expect a coach to get the results if he isn’t given any room or time to plan and organize his work?
The sale of Thiago Motta is just the latest in a line of players sold by the club without bringing in a decent replacement. Furthermore, Ranieri was quoted on Inter’s official website boasting that he had convinced the midfielder to remain not long before his departure to PSG.
Moratti needs to face the truth. Inter has fallen way behind their competitors such as table topping city rivals AC Milan and second placed Juventus. And this is not something that can be fixed in the course of one year. The Nerazzurri need to take a step back from the expectations and start planning long-term.
Furthermore, the club needs to be patient and learn how to put their complete faith in the person who is supposed the run the team—and trust in his ability to make decisions.
Sunday night the Beneamata travel down the peninsula to the Stadio San Paolo, where a resurgent Napoli side awaits. More than points are at stake as the outcome of the result could determine Ranieri’s future at the club.