Frustrated ramblings of an Inter fan
Inter has had 4 managers in 2 seasons since Jose Mourinho left the club in tears having won the Champions League in Madrid to leave us all crying and wondering what if he had not left us, yearning for his return.
There will be a carnival atmosphere and a real boost in spirits and energy if Mourinho returns to Italian football with Inter. We have not had a fantastic start to the season, in fact far from it; we are winless in 5 official matches. Our last manager, Gian Piero Gasperini has been sacked and we have a new man in-charge now, Claudio Ranieri. 5 official matches in a season, 2 managers. All this reminds me of the times when Moratti was trigger-happy and less than patient with his managers prior to his appointment of Roberto Mancini in 2004.
Picture 1: Mancini started the era of success at Inter
However, before I enlighten you with my views on Ranieri, let us go back to the first appointment post the glorious Mourinho era. Rafa Benitez was hired to replace Mourinho.
Picture 2: Benitez at his unveiling as the first manager in the post-Mourinho era
Why? I still canít understand the reason. Is it because his Liverpool side pulled off the impossible to peg back our neighbours and arch-rivals AC Milan to a 3-3 draw and subsequently win on penalties? The reason, well at least publicly, was that they wanted a change in direction from the Mourinho era which for me translates to changing from a passionate, volatile and controversial Portuguese to a more serene, calmer Spaniard and he had great experience in Europe which meant that Inter wanted to change its focus from winning Scudetti and build on the triumph of 2010 in Madrid and win more Champions League trophies.
Benitez, was certainly calmer and more serene but proved to be able to self-destruct when he famously lost in the mind games with Sir Alex Ferguson in 2008-09 which affected his Liverpool sideís chances of winning the Premiership. He did well in Europe though, often saving Liverpoolís best form and performances for the Champions League, having won it in 2004-05, finishing as runners-up in 2006-07 and semi-finalists in 2007-08. He also won the UEFA Cup in his last season at Valencia in 2003-04 so he certainly showed a pedigree for success in Europe. He started his time at Inter trying to change the way Inter played, getting them to press higher up the field and he seemed more interested in engaging in subtle one-upmanship with his predecessor, Jose Mourinho. He seemed bothered and irritated whenever Mourinhoís name was mentioned and that is where his downfall began after a promising start. He was too focused on making this Inter, Benitezís Inter and trying to make people forget the memories of Mourinhoís highly successful and popular time at Inter. He failed as we all know but managed to get us the Supercoppa Italia and the Club World Cup but both felt more like Mourinhoís trophies because he got us into the position to win those trophies in the first place. Famously after winning the Club World Cup, he used the same trick he used with Liverpool in publicly asking the board to back him up after a Cup final. He was messing with the wrong owner this time and to my absolute delight, he got the sack.... continued at Frustrated ramblings of an Inter fan
I understand Rasvinder's frustation completely... I should have posted the entire article here, he does make sense.