‘I needed more time’ – Frank de Boer sacked as Inter Milan manager
Inter Milan have sacked manager Frank de Boer after just 84 days and 14 games in charge.
But Inter’s start to the season has been disastrous, with the Nerazzurri winning just four of their opening 11 games in Serie A and finding themselves bottom of their Europa League group at the halfway stage.
"Too bad it ended like this," De Boer posted on his official Twitter account, which he shares with his twin brother Ronald.
"This project needed more time to be carried out. I want to thank all the fans for all the support you’ve given me over these months.
Inter sit 12th in the Italian league following Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Sampdoria.
Coach Stefano Vecchi will take control of their Europa League game against Southampton on Thursday.
Inter Milan's coach Frank De BoerReuters
The view from Italy
Alessandro Brunetti: In the end, De Boer lost control of the dressing room. He had issues with some players – Geoffrey Kondogbia, Felipe Melo, Steven Jovetic, Gabriel Barbosa and Eder, to name a few – and they lost confidence in him. It's normal after so many defeats.
Currently, former Lazio boss Stefano Pioli is the favourite for the job. Inter director Piero Ausilio and vice president Javier Zanetti would back him, but Suning Commerce Group (the Chinese retail giants who own a controlling stake in the club) favour a manager with an international profile like Andres Villas-Boas or Guus Hiddink.