Last Updated on 17 Sep 2021 1:28 pm (UK Time)
Inter Milan Head coach Antonio Conte has officially left the newly-crowned Italian champions Inter Milan by “mutual consent”, just weeks after leading the Nerazzurri’s to their first Scudetto in 11 years. The reports believe that this decision was taken owing to Conte’s refusal to adapt himself to the incompetence the club can face in the future due to financial strains.
We all saw it coming with a board room level meeting between Antonio Conte and club President Steven Zhang conducted Behind the scenes over the last few days.
The topic of discussion is obviously the club adopting new policies going into the transfer market, Conte is not ready to accept a reduction of the competitiveness of the squad the club hierarchy are looking to cash in on some key players such as Lautaro Martinez, R.Lukaku, Milan Skriniar, and Achraaf Hakimi all will be put up for sale.
Antonio Conte wants to challenge for Champions League with Inter and wants to defend scudetto next season. However, the clubs’ owners Suning are looking to cut their costs on Inter after they suffered huge losses owing to the pandemic. They have already shut their shop on Chinese Super League Suning Jiangsu who were also the champions of the past season.
In recent reports, they also took a 275m euro (£215m) loan from a United States investment firm to sustain Inter, it’s believed their finances are in a miserable condition.
Antonio Conte’s very emotionally attached and close to some of the players so it’s going to be hard for him to ask them to leave after such a successful campaign with them and also he can’t budge with the clubs’ incompatibility.
This the official statement on Conte’s departure from the clubs’ website:
“Inter can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Antonio Conte for the termination of his contract by mutual consent,” the club said in a statement.
“The club would like to thank Antonio for the extraordinary work that he has done, culminating in Inter’s 19th top-flight title. Antonio Conte will forever remain a part of our club’s history.”
Inter Milan has got a pretty blotted squad of some overpaid stars like Sanchez, Eriksen, and Darmian which is a massive part of the oversizing wage bill, the club has targeted 100million in profit on sales and a 20% reduction in the wage bill. The good news for the owners is that most of the players are only contracted till 2022-23 to ease the rebuilding job.
Antonio Conte has really broiled the players down to a consistent cohesive unit even fringe players have performed well in limited games, so losing a world-class in Conte is a piece of very bad news for the clubs’ aspirations.
Inter have reportedly paid a massive £7 million in compensation to set aside his contract.
The Nerazzurri’s target man Romelu Lukaku who has thrived under Antonio Conte’s coaching and has been sensational this season thanked his mentor in an emotional post on Instagram:
“You came at the right time and basically changed me as a player and made me even stronger mentally and more importantly we won together!” Lukaku wrote, along with a picture of both of them.
“I will keep your principles for the rest of my career it was a pleasure to play for you! Thank you for all what you did. I owe you a lot.”
Antonio Conte’s departure indicates a potential fire sale at Inter, with them bound to lose their icons(Lukaku. Martinez) to balance off the books.
It’s sad especially for Inter fans that their club is incapable of establishing their dynasty of dominance like Juve and the season has gone past was just a flash in the pan.
Zidane steps down
It’s official Madridistas’, Zidane has again left Real Madrid. Zidane left the club for the first time in 2018, after leading them to three consecutive Champions League titles, two Club World Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, one Spanish league, and one Spanish Super Cup during his two-and-a-half-year stint at Madrid.
He rejoined the club in March 2019, in the first year he delivered with one league title once and a Spanish Super Cup. However, this season he has no trophies to show for, this happened only for the first time since 2009 that Los Blancos went trophyless throughout the whole campaign.
Below is the clubs’ statement through their official website:
Real Madrid C. F. announces that Zinedine Zidane has decided to bring an end to his current spell as head coach of our club.
We must now respect his decision and express our gratitude for his professionalism, dedication and passion over the years and what he means to Real Madrid.
Zidane is one of Real Madrid’s great icons and his legacy extends beyond what he has achieved as a coach and player at our club.
He is aware that he has a place in the hearts of the Real Madrid fans and that he will always have a home at Real Madrid.
These stats and trophyless paint a bad picture over Zidane the reality is somewhat different as he got the best out of Real Madrid’s limited resources. He had to deal with a lot of injury complications and underperforming players.
He was without captain Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, and Other key players including Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vázquez, and Asensio. who were all not available for sustained periods which made the task even harder but still he managed to take them to the UCL semis and lost La Liga Title only on the last day to city rivals Atletico Madrid.
Coincidently above-mentioned Antonio Conte alongside former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, ex-Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez (who has been coaching the “Real Madrid B side” similar to Zidane for a while now) and Joachim Loew, who will step down as Germany coach at the end of this summer’s Euros are several names linked with Santiago Bernabéu job.
I’m expecting this managerial merry-go-round will go on the continent the whole summer. You can almost predict this stuff Zidane left Madrid for Juventus or waiting for France to underperform in Euros so he can overtake from Mancini, Conte may move to Madrid as a short-term fixer, Gattuso, Fonseca, and Allegri will fit in somewhere in Italy or England.
Tottenham also going back for former boss Pochettino, who still has one year left on his PSG contract all rumours will heat up and with Euros coming up some national teams will perform poorly so national jobs will also become vacant.
Anyways, let us know in the comments below, who should Madrid appoint as Zidane’s successor.