Former Ajax boss Frank De Boer is the new Inter manager replacing Roberto Mancini who left by “mutual consent” after turning down a new three-year contract extension by Suning that was heavily performance based.
So Inter president Erick Thohir and Chief Executive Officer Michael Bolingbroke have turned to former Ajax Coach Frank De Boer to get the Nerazzurri back into the Champions League.
The Biscione moved quickly to replace Roberto Mancini who left the club on Monday, immediately securing the services of the Dutchman on a three-year deal.
However, the Serie A season is looming fast and although de Boer is worried about not having a great deal of time with his new players, he is confident that big things are ahead at the Nerazzurri.
“It isn’t the ideal situation of course, that much is obvious,” de Boer acknowledged upon his unveiling at Appiano Gentile. “But what I’ll say is that we have talented, experienced players.
“I’m sure they will quickly lear but we won’t change too much. We have our philosophy and I’m convinced that we will succeed. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to coach here, it is a big honour for me.”
De Boer, who was first sounded out two weeks ago about the possibility of replacing Mancini, is also excited about the prospect of testing himself in the new environment of Italian football and refused to admit defeat to Juventus before the season has even started.
“Serie A has improved a lot in recent years,” he added. “The style of football that is played here is very modern. A few years ago, it wasn’t looked upon as being among the best from a technical point of view but it is developing a lot and various clubs are growing.
“To me, it is a very interesting league and I don’t think Juve are unbeatable. Nothing is impossible and nobody is unbeatable. Some things have changed and we will be fighting to our maximum to make things difficult.”
The Dutchman also announced his intent to promote youth from within the Beneamata’s academy over the course of his time in charge and insisted that despite interest from many clubs in captain Mauro Icardi, he has no intention of selling the Argentine.
“I like to coach both young players and experienced players, as they are often capable of picking things up faster but Inter are a club who have a famous youth system,” de Boer continued. “Part of my job will be to look at this given the investments the club have put into this area.
“With Icardi, the first thing I’ll say is that at Inter, we are going to keep all of the players who we don’t want to sell. Icardi will remain because he is very important to us, something he has demonstrated a lot in recent years.”