Revolution on Inter's horizon

Posted by Mike Whittaker

Claudio Villa/Getty ImagesMassimo Moratti: Says he plans to stick with coach Andrea Stramaccioni

Following Sunday's win against Parma, Italian journalist Giorgio Porra spoke to Sky Sport Italia about the future of the Nerazzurri: "I think that Inter will continue under [Andrea] Stramaccioni's management and bring along the positive things. I think the magnifying glass will be moved to other parts of the club."

If, like me, you are starting to get a little bored of this constant speculation over Stramaccioni's future, then Massimo Moratti's statement on Monday should bring an end to it all - for the rest of this season at least.

- Moratti: Stramaccioni going nowhere

"The project will start again with Stramaccioni. It is not easy to plan for the future when you have had as many players injured as we have, but we are thinking about next season and doing that well," Inter's president said.

So it seems Moratti has decided that regardless of the club's finishing position he is sticking with the plan already in place, although this decision may have been influence by money. Inter's finances aren't the greatest at the moment and to replace Stramaccioni would cost a significant chunk of the budget the club has set aside for new players. Inter are left with the choice of the players they want (and can afford) or a new coach, and a few less players.

Given Moratti's past utterances, this statement may not be the reality, but for now the intentions of the club appear to have finally been made clear. As stated before, I am torn on whether or not I want Stramaccioni to stay, on the one hand he has shown glimpses of some tactical genius and a general good relationship with his squad and staff. Though, there are times he isn't decisive enough in making tactical changes on the pitch, and so far his Inter has failed to show any signs of the identity he is trying to create.

These may be by-products of all the injuries his team have suffered and the constant formation changes, but I still think this is partly self inflicted, with his training techniques having some impact on the number of players out of action.

This brings me neatly to Porra's secondary point about the focus concerning the troubles being shifted to other departments within the club. There are many parts of the Inter structure that need a major shakeup, starting with the medical/fitness staff who have to take a large slice of the responsibility pie when it comes to the 48 injuries that have befallen the Inter players this season.

After all, it is their job to keep the players at the peak of their physical fitness while giving those that need it the best medical and physiotherapy care possible.

Another area that has come under major scrutiny from the fans for some time now is the transfer department, and in particular Marco Branca, the Inter technical director. Will Moratti remove his good friend Branca from this position? To be honest it's doubtful, this week Moratti told the press: "Where Branca's concerned, people always look for a scapegoat, and at the moment it's him."

This statement came in response to the Curva Nord banner during the Parma game that criticised Branca and the club's transfer policy.

I can understand the issues with Branca, as he has brought about some transfers for the club that have failed miserably, but he also has a good side. After all he brought Rodrigo Palacio and Mateo Kovacic (who I believe Inter should build the team around) as well as other great Inter players. However, he needs a helping hand in the role, and the perfect candidate could possibly be making a move back to the Giuseppe Meazza in the summer: Leonardo. The ex-Inter coach would be a fantastic partner for Branca, I say partner instead of replacing as I believe both to aren't perfect for the job, but working together they could compliment each other’s strengths.

On the playing side of things, we already know there will be many changes in the summer, with names such as Ruben Botta, Marco Andreolli and Diego Laxalt arriving - to name just a few. However, a significant number of the players that have failed to impress must also leave. Already there are rumours of Tottenham looking into the possibility of signing Alvaro Pereira, and Torino allegedly want new boy Ezequiel Schelotto. Even Antonio Cassano is being linked with a move to Qatar.

Two others that could also leave are Fredy Guarin and Samir Handanovic. These pair are two of Inter's best players this season, but there are reasons they could depart.

Earlier in the season Guarin was one of Inter's strongest players, sometimes carrying the team through to a win, but recently his form has taken a nose dive and he just doesn't seem to have the same effect on the pitch. The reason for this, I believe, can be explained with a theory that has been championed to me for some time by a friend of mine. He claims Guarin's best role would to be played as an impact substitute, coming on later in a game to bring a new momentum to the team. along with some new choices and options in attack.

Handanovic is a different story. He has been outstanding throughout the season and without the Slovenian shot stopper Inter would be in a much worse position. So why would the club consider selling a goalkeeper who is among the best in the world? The simple answer is they aren't, but the rumours circulating at the moment suggest that Barcelona want to replace Victor Valdes with him, and could possibly submit a bid in the region of €30 million for Handanovic.

Unfortunately for us fans and the club, Inter's current financial situation means that if the bid does arrive the club cannot afford to turn it down, and will be left with the impossible task of replacing him.

Whatever happens with Inter's coach and players, president Moratti is more than ready to give the structure of his club the major shakeup it has desperately needed for so long. He is rumoured to be meeting with several billionaires from around the world looking for investment.

"Inter will revolutionize, changes will take place with regards to how the team works during the week, the work of the medical staff as well as the rest of the staff in the club will also be examined. Even if there will be a new coach, changes will come in the backroom staff as well," he said.

Next season is shaping up as a very interesting period for Inter, and I for one am quietly optimistic that things could possibly start going Inter's way with these changes.

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