This season is a year of change for Inter. They got a new owner, and they are not competing in Europe for the first time in years. It’s all very tough for Erick Thohir, who is also the majority owner of DC United, but this is Inter, 18-time champion of Italy, and he’s learning slowly. He continues to fly between Indonesia and Milan, leaving Massimo Moratti as the de facto president when Thohir is not around. “We have been partners for months,” the Indonesian said of Moratti, via Football Italia, “and I think it is important to discuss matters when we get the chance.”
Of course it is too early to tell if Thohir is capable of running a team, especially if he is not present all the time. Absentee owners are the worst. (And sometimes, even those foreign owners who stay and appear to care about the well-being of the club, like Vincent Tan of Cardiff, do more damage to the integrity of the team than any good.)
Some questionable things have happened under Thohir so far, and Inter could have avoided some things before he even came along. And yet Inter are fifth in Serie A.
Maybe it's all a lesson. In order of severity, here are six mistakes Inter made over the past year.