Bolingbroke resigns as Inter CEO

The Serie A side have named Jun Liu as their interim CEO following the resignation of the former incumbent, who previously worked for Manchester United

Michael Bolingbroke has stepped down as Inter’s chief executive officer with immediate effect.

The 51-year-old joined Inter in July 2014 after a stint as chief operating officer for Manchester United, but has now opted to move on again after just over two years with the Serie A giants.

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“Inter confirm that the board of directors met on Monday morning and accepted the resignation of Michael Bolingbroke as CEO with immediate effect,” a statement on the club’s official website reads.

“We wish him best of luck for the future.”
Inter have appointed Jun Liu, vice-president of Suning Sports Group, as interim CEO. Liu already sits on Inter’s board of directors.

“The club believes the arrival of Mr Liu during this period will allow for a clearer and quicker decision-making process by establishing a direct link to the club’s majority stakeholder Suning,” the statement continues.

“A key part of Mr Liu’s role will be to act as bridge between Suning and Inter, thus providing direct access to Suning’s vast corporate support network.”

Inter appoint Pioli as De Boer successor

The 51-year-old has been in charge of the likes of Bologna, Lazio and Palermo and replaces the Dutchman who was sacked less than three months into his reign

Inter have turned to former Lazio head coach Stefano Pioli as the man to turn their stuttering start to the season around.

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The Nerazzurri sacked Frank de Boer last week following their 1-0 Serie A defeat to Sampdoria, the Dutchman having only overseen two wins from their previous eight matches in all competitions.

Marcelino and Pioli were heavily linked to take over as De Boer’s replacement, but it is the latter who has been tasked with reviving their fortunes.

Pioli, 51, has agreed a two-year contract at San Siro and will be presented to the media on Thursday before  Inter for the first time in the Milan derby after the international break.

Inter become Pioli’s 11th club, with his previous tenure at Lazio having seen him guide the club to third place in his first season, but his second campaign was not as prosperous and he was sacked in April after a 4-1 defeat to city rivals Roma.
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Despite significant investment ahead of the 2016-17 season, Inter have struggled to live up to expectations with only five wins in 12 league matches. They currently sit 13 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus, and 12 ahead of bottom side Crotone, who they beat 3-0 on Sunday.

The latest was a 3-0 victory over Crotone under the guidance of interim boss Stefano Vecchi, but that only lifted Inter into ninth position.

Hopes of a strong European campaign are also hanging in the balance as they sit bottom of Europa League Group K after three defeats in four matches.

Inter 3-0 Crotone: Icardi nets two as hosts leave it late

Perisic popped up in the 84th minute to give the Nerazzurri the lead before Icardi got two as they secured just their second Serie A win in seven games

A late double from Mauro Icardi helped Stefano Vecchi sign off on his temporary spell in charge of Inter with a 3-0 victory over Serie A’s bottom side Crotone.

Inter Primavera coach Vecchi was handed the first-team reins for two matches following the dismissal of Frank de Boer last week, and, after overseeing a 2-1 Europa League defeat at Southampton on Thursday, at least departed on the back of a victory.

Inter announced prior to kick-off that a permanent replacement for De Boer would be confirmed in the next 48 hours, with former Lazio boss Stefano Pioli and ex-Villarreal coach Marcelino believed to be leading the race, and whoever takes charge may now find a more confident set of players than originally anticipated.

Goalkeeper Alex Cordaz impressed against his former club as Crotone defended stoically, but he was finally beaten in the 84th minute when he failed to stop Ivan Perisic’s late strike slipping beneath him.
Icardi supplied the assist for Perisic and then got on the scoresheet himself, drawing a foul from Gianmarco Ferrari inside the box and slamming the resultant penalty into the bottom-left corner.

Inter captain Icardi completed the scoring when he volleyed home his fifth goal in his last four outings in all competitions from substitute Eder’s cross as the Nerazzurri returned to winning ways.

After Banega forced an early save from Cordaz, Inter lost Andrea Ranocchia to a thigh injury in the 20th minute following a collision with Marcello Trotta and Vecchi sent Jeison Murillo on in his place.

Crotone’s counter-attacking focus failed to produce a serious threat in the first half, and they could have been behind had Danilo D’Ambrosio’s goal not been chalked off for a marginal offside decision.

A blistering 25-yard strike from Antonio Candreva was parried back into danger by Cordaz, but D’Ambrosio was deemed to have tucked the rebound home from an illegal position.

Cordaz produced a far better save in the 32nd minute when he got down to his left and turned Miranda’s powerful header behind for a corner, while Marcelo Brozovic curled wide from 20 yards before the break.

Inter started the second half positively and Murillo spurned a great opportunity when he appeared to send Banega’s free-kick over with the back of his neck.

Banega had an effort from the edge of the box deflected narrowly wide in the 50th minute and then saw his 25-yard free-kick clawed away by Cordaz.

Inter struggled to create chances to score until Icardi’s raking cross-field ball found Perisic in space on the right, and the Croatian raced into the area to fire home the pivotal opener.

Icardi made sure of the three points when he won and converted a penalty with two minutes of normal time remaining, relieving the pressure that had been building around San Siro.

There was further reason to cheer in the third minute of stoppage-time, when Icardi was found in space on the penalty spot to round off an ultimately comfortable victory that ensures Inter head into the international break in the top half of the table.

Inter set to announce De Boer replacement & 'change in structure'

The Nerazzurri are ready to not only name the Dutchman’s successor but shuffle the deck even further in a bid to return to contention in Serie A

Inter have announced they are set to confirm the appointment of a new head coach to replace the sacked Frank de Boer.

The Dutchman, who had been hired in August, was dismissed on Tuesday after just 85 days in charge.
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He left with the team 12th in the Serie A table having recorded four wins from 11 league matches.

“F.C. Internazionale wishes to confirm that our new head coach will be announced in the next 48 hours,” the club said in a statement on Sunday.

“Various meeting have been held over the last few days as the club has sought to identify the right man to take the team forward.
“A change within the club’s management structure is also due to be announced.

“In the meantime we are focusing all our attention on winning an important football match against Crotone this afternoon.

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Youth team coach Stefano Vecchi was placed in temporary charge following De Boer’s departure, overseeing a 2-1 Europa League loss at Southampton on Thursday.

Former Lazio boss Stefano Pioli has been linked with the vacancy.

Inter's world is crumbling – Icardi

Argentine forward acknowledges that Serie A outfit are at an extreme low point after suffering a Europa League loss to Southampton

Inter captain Mauro Icardi says it feels like his side’s world crumbles every time they concede after they suffered a 2-1 loss to Southampton in the Europa League.

Southampton came from behind to seal a famous win over the visitors, who were playing their first match since Frank de Boer’s sacking on Tuesday.

Icardi had put Inter in front with his ninth goal of the season, while the Serie A side were also boosted when Samir Handanovic saved a controversial penalty from Dusan Tadic on the stroke of half-time.

Saints hit back to seal win

But a second-half collapse proved costly as Virgil van Dijk equalised on 64 minutes, a strike which was followed by an own goal from Yuto Nagatomo five minutes later, sealing Inter’s third defeat from four Group K games.

“We played well in the first half and took the lead, but I don’t know why every time we concede a goal our whole world seems to come crumbling down around us,” Icardi said to Sky Italia.

“It keeps happening, a goal out of nowhere and we just lose it. We conceded the second goal in a strange way. 

“If we knew what was causing it we would change immediately because all we want is to do well.

“It is going to be hard for us to qualify from the group now but as long as it is still possible we have to go for it. There is not much to say. It is an unlucky moment and everything is going wrong.

“We must do whatever it takes to turn things around.”

Inter were led by youth team coach Stefano Vecchi at St Mary’s just two days after the axing of De Boer, who lasted only 85 days in the job at San Siro.

Puel praise Southampton fight

Icardi added: “I think in football the coach always pays the price because it’s impossible to fire 25 players. I always said that when the coach leaves, it’s because the players did not give their best.

“Now we are working with Vecchi and then we will see what the club decides.”

Inter are bottom of the group on three points, four adrift of Southampton in second with two games to play.

Puel praises Southampton fight after Inter win

After the Saints came from behind to win against Serie A opponents in the Europa League, French coach hailed the spirit of his side

Southampton manager Claude Puel lauded his team’s response in their 2-1 comeback win over Inter in the Europa League.

A Mauro Icardi goal put the Serie A giants ahead at St Mary’s on Thursday, and Dusan Tadic was denied from the penalty spot before the break.

Van Dijk leads Saints comeback

But a Virgil van Dijk effort and own goal from Yuto Nagatomo saw the hosts to their win, which lifted Southampton to seven points and into second in Group K.

“I think it was a fantastic game for my players, because all the scenarios were against us tonight,” Puel said via the club’s official website.

“We dominated the first half, but we went 1-0 down and just before half-time we missed a penalty.

“There were also many saves from the opponent’s goalkeeper [Samir Handanovic], but we persisted and all the players kept their calm and quality on the pitch, and we came back to score this first goal with Virgil and then after with the second.

“All the team were rewarded tonight.”

Van Dijk felt his side deserved their victory against Inter, who are bottom of the group with just one win from four.

Saints seal historic win

“The most important thing was that it was well deserved as well,” the Saints captain told BT Sport.

“We played good football, we were the dominating side, like before in Milan [a 1-0 defeat in the previous meeting in October], and today we rewarded ourselves with a win.”

Southampton 2-1 Inter: Nagatomo own goal seals historic Saints win

The Saints fell behind to a Mauro Icardi strike but hit back through Virgil van Dijk, before the Nerazzurri full-back diverted the ball into his own net in the Europa League

Southampton edged a step closer to reaching the Europa League knockout stages with a landmark 2-1 win over Inter, who were playing their first match since Frank de Boer’s sacking on Thursday.

The visitors went to St Mary’s two days after the dismissal of De Boer, who lasted just 85 days at the helm, and their mood did not improve with a third defeat from four Group K matches.

Caretaker boss Stefano Vecchi made six changes and captain Mauro Icardi put Inter in front with his ninth goal of the season.

The visitors were also boosted when Samir Handanovic saved a controversial penalty from Dusan Tadic on the stroke of half-time.

But Virgil van Dijk found an equaliser on 64 minutes which was soon followed by a Yuto Nagatomo own goal, as Claude Puel wildly celebrated a landmark victory after Inter had won the reverse fixture at San Siro last month.

Saints are now closing in on qualification as they sit second in the group on seven points, four clear of Inter, who sit bottom of the standings and now face a massive task to progress.

Jay Rodriguez came into Southampton’s team as part of five changes and he was involved in the early action, heading Tadic’s cross just wide, narrowly missing the target with a curling strike and then shooting straight at Handanovic.

Inter were largely content to allow the hosts to control possession prior to their 33rd-minute opener.

Antonio Candreva – scorer of the winner in the previous meeting at San Siro – burst down the right, finding Ivan Perisic at the back post. The Croatia international had one effort blocked by Cuco Martina before teeing up Icardi to lash in a left-footed finish.

There was huge drama in first-half stoppage time as Saints were handed a golden chance to equalise from the penalty spot.

The decision, after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had played the ball against Perisic’s arm, looked harsh, but Inter were fortunate to see Candreva only booked for raising an arm to the face of Sam McQueen amid their furious protests against referee Pawel Gil.

After the fracas had come to an end, Handanovic dived to his left and kept out Tadic’s spot-kick with his legs.

James Ward-Prowse forced an impressive one-handed stop from Samir Handanovic early in the second half.

Saints sent on Charlie Austin in a bid to change their fortunes, but it was defender Van Dijk who restored parity.

After Inter had failed to deal with a Saints corner, Nathan Redmond fed Oriol Romeu, whose clever lofted effort rebounded off the crossbar and Van Dijk fired home. 

The second goal came on 69 minutes when Tadic’s cross from the left deflected into the path of Nagatomo, with the full-back unable to prevent the ball bouncing off his thigh and high past Handanovic.

Fraser Forster had a quiet night in the Saints goal but he was forced to react quickly to save a powerful Icardi effort and preserve the victory, while Redmond almost snatched a late third at the other end in a memorable match for Puel’s men, who had 23 shots compared to the visitors’ five.

Inter seeking revenge for De Boer, claims Ranocchia

After the Dutchman was sacked as head coach earlier this week, Inter’s interim manager has encouraged his team-mates to respond positively

Andrea Ranocchia insists Inter’s players are seeking revenge after Frank de Boer was sacked as head coach following a string of poor results.

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The Dutchman took charge at the start of the season following Roberto Mancini’s sacking, but lost his job after 85 days on Wednesday with his side sitting 12th in Serie A having lost four of their last five league games.

Youth coach Stefano Vecchi will step in to manage Inter’s trip to Southampton in the Europa League, and Ranocchia stressed the squad must now stand up and be counted.

“We are professionals – we have seen a lot,” he told a pre-match news conference. “We are sorry for De Boer and there is a desire for revenge on our part.

“This is a difficult time, but it is a great opportunity to show that we are still alive and kicking. There are no more excuses. Now, we must react.”

Vecchi added that he had a good relationship with De Boer, but is looking forward to the opportunity to lead Inter.

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“I was contacted by [director of sport] Piero Ausilio to train the first team,” he said. “My staff and I know the guys, because we train together.

“I’m sorry for De Boer. Our relationship was good, unfortunately these things happen in football.

“I am thankful to [owners] Suning, and I also thank president Erick Thohir and Ausilio for this opportunity.

“We must live in the present and focus on the Southampton game. We need to prepare at our best.”

Inter travel to St Mary’s on Thursday boosted by a 1-0 win over the Saints at San Siro last month, with Antonio Candreva on the score-sheet.

However, those have been the only three points collected by the Milan outfit in this European campaign, and they sit bottom of Group K.

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A £200million offer is reportedly on the table, but Puel, speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie with Inter, insisted he has not been informed of any developments.

“I am sorry but I finished the training session and I have no idea on this subject,” he told reporters.

“I give all my confidence of course with the president, with all the people in the club to work very well and to do the things in a good way and the right way. 

“I am staying concentrated on the game of tomorrow. 

“After this, the other things we will have time to discuss and to speak with this for the future. I think this is not the moment for us, for me, to speak about this.

“We will see this with the chairman and he is a good man to answer this subject. I say I have no problem of course and I have all my confidence with the chairman and the future of the club.”

Puel confirmed Republic of Ireland international Shane Long will miss the Inter game as a result of a hamstring problem the striker suffered at San Siro two weeks ago.
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“Still injured are Long, [Matt] Targett, [Alex] McCarthy, [Jake] Hesketh and [Harrison] Reed now,” said Puel. “Jeremy Pied, of course, is also injured.

“For the moment, many players are out, but it’s important to continue this good work.”

The Frenchman also expressed sympathy for Frank de Boer, who was sacked as Inter’s coach on Tuesday, with youth team coach Stefano Vecchi set to take charge for the Europa League game at St Mary’s.

“It’s always a shame for a coach to lose his job,” said Puel. “Now we have to show more concentration tomorrow night.

“Of course it’s difficult for us to prepare for this game because we don’t know what to expect [from Inter] in terms of the profile, the spirit, the system of play.

“We’re sure that they have great players, they won the first game while struggling and that’s the quality of the players they have.

“For qualification you usually need around 10 points and we have six points from three games, we have two games at home and one away. It’s very important to win at home.”

Frank de Boer immediately had problems at Inter, says Ronald

The former Barcelona player was dismissed from his role in charge of the Nerazzurri after just three months, and his brother has written about what went wrong

Ronald de Boer has suggested his brother, Frank, had everything going against him at Inter before his sacking on Tuesday.

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The Dutchman signed a three-year deal with the Nerazzurri in August, replacing Roberto Mancini as coach less than two weeks before the Serie A campaign started. However, just three months later, he has been dismissed.

Despite ample investment in the first-team over the summer, with Joao Mario, Gabriel Barbosa and Antonio Candreva among others coming in, Inter sit 12th in the league, nine points off bottom placed Crotone and 13 behind leaders Juventus.
The board opted to let the former Ajax boss go, and his twin brother believes the job was too great for Frank, as the club is in such disarray with a large squad and too many “political aspects”.

“The Inter squad contains 29 players with the average age of 27,” the ex-Netherlands and Ajax star wrote in Voetbal International. “These are footballers that have made their mark in top football and you have to keep them happy. Most of them are internationals for their country and earn top salaries. The size of the squad has had a major impact for my brother.

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“The club wanted him as coach to create a new style of playing and start a successful project. Frank immediately had two problems: the players were not fit enough, while the Serie A was close to starting when he began. Another thing was that managing such a big squad took a lot of time, while he should have been focussed on football topics.

“And then there were the political aspects. The enormous pressure from the media and the problems between captain Mauro Icardi and the fans. As coach, you want to focus on football, but at clubs like Inter this is not always possible.”