After leading Inter to their first Italian league title in eleven years, coach Antonio Conte will leave the club, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. His departure could be sealed within the next 48 hours.
Thunderclap at Inter! Three days after the end of a season marked by its first Italian league title since 2010, the club prepare to lose their coach Antonio Conte. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the divorce has been recorded between the technician and his managers and his departure could be settled within the next 48 hours. The reason? Conte does not digest the desire of its leaders to sell players to achieve a capital gain of at least 100 million euros this summer and to lower the salaries of the workforce by 20%.
Despite the title and ambitions still high, the owners of Inter will initiate an austerity cure due to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The club has also requested and obtained a loan of 275 million euros from the Oaktree fund.
The change of course of the owners, Suning Group, is experienced as a regression by Conte who “does not accept to see his hard work carried out for two years undermined”, explains the sports daily. The coach would have met Steven Zhang, president of Inter last Saturday who would have informed him at that time of these goals. The leader would have understood the decision and the bitterness of the technician by recognizing that he could not guarantee him a project of continuous growth promised on his arrival two years ago.
Four names to replace him, Lukaku, Lautaro and Hakimi on the start?
Things quickly became clear since Conte has always said that he would continue the adventure only in the event of a project that lived up to his ambitions. In pursuit of the title, he hoped for the injection of a few million euros to be able to fight on the European scene. Conte still has a year’s contract worth 12 million euros annually, plus a million carried over from last season. The two parties will negotiate the indemnities in the next but wish to leave on good terms.
The sports management will now look for a replacement and four names have already been mentioned to potentially succeed Conte: Massimiliano Allegri, Maurizio Sarri, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Simone Inzaghi. As for the players, many players in the title could therefore pack their bags, including those with a big value like Lautaro Martinez, Romelu Lukaku (who interests Manchester City) or Achraf Hakimi, appreciated by PSG.