“The race to qualify for the Champions League is heating up and entering top four has always been considered the discriminating factor between a good season and a disaster in terms of sports and economics.”
This is the Gazzetta dello Sport looking forward to the final matches of the season and the Milan newspaper seems to no longer consider the sacking of Luciano Spalletti at the end of the season to be 100% certain.
Inter are looking around and in the event of a divorce from Spalletti, the choice would be limited to an Italian coach, a winning one (so no to Mourinho). But achieving this important goal (Champions League etc…) would greatly strengthen the position of Luciano. In short, they will not change just to change but only if the new profile of the eventual replacement will be an objectively upgrade, at least in terms of victories.
“This is not a guarantee. Who, of those available Italian coaches, has shown the ability to win in multiple clubs and situations? Ancelotti (at Napoli), Mancini (happy coaching Italy), Conte and Allegri. Maurizio Sarri, whose name has been circulating in these weeks as an option, does not give certainties: his status is not considered to be a winner. No more than Spalletti at least. Allegri is staying at Juventus (at least this was confirmed by Agnelli the other day) and so all signs are pointing towards Conte. But there are also economic numbers to consider. Hiring Conte is expensive (he asks for three-year contract worth €11.6M per season) and doing so would also involve paying Spalletti for the next two years of contract (€5M each). Including staff, we are talking about a sacking that would cost over €20M per year, with repercussions also on the Financial Fair Play account.
“That number is enough to make ownership and management to do more than just a simple reflection. Everyone must be convinced of making an investment of this kind for the bench, one that changes the prospects of the team next season. Otherwise, Zhang might not see the reasons to say farewell to a coach (Spalletti) who has always brought the ship to requested port (in the first year at least).”