Milan - Frank de Boer has been sacked as
coach of Inter Milan after just 11 Serie A games for failing to ignite the
Italian giants at home and in Europe.
Sunday's loss at similarly struggling Sampdoria was Inter's
fifth league defeat since the start of the season and prompted a fan backlash
on social media calling for the Dutchman's removal.
"Inter Milan announces that Frank de Boer has been
relieved of his duties as first-team coach," a club statement said on
"The first-team squad will be taken over provisionally
by our youth team coach, Stefano Vecchi, who will be on the bench for the
Europa League game against Southampton.
"The club would like to thank Frank and his staff for
their contribution and wish them all the best for the future."
Inter's new Chinese owners Suning appointed de Boer, 46, as
a replacement for Roberto Mancini two weeks before the start of the Serie A
After investing heavily in players over the summer, Inter --
Italy's last Champions League winners, in 2010 -- were expected to challenge
five-time consecutive champions Juventus for the Serie A title, as well as
signal their return to Europe by challenging for the Europa League.
But with only four league wins in 11 games Inter are well
off the pace. They slipped to below mid-table at 13 points behind leaders
Juventus following the 1-0 defeat at Sampdoria.
In Europe, de Boer's men have been a disaster. They sit
bottom of Group K behind leaders Sparta Prague and Israeli side Hapoel Be'er
Sheva, who stunned Inter 2-0 at the San Siro.
Inter beat Southampton 1-0 last week and will visit the
English Premier League side for the return leg on Thursday, when Vecchi will be
Although Vecchi will take over on a caretaker basis, former
Lazio coach Stefano Pioli is being tipped to replace de Boer permanently.
Also read: Inter Milan executives express full support for De Boer
- 'Needed more time' -
De Boer was summoned by club bosses two weeks ago and earned
a stay of execution on the condition that Inter beat Southampton to relaunch
their campaign in Europe.
But defeat away to Sampdoria was the final straw.
"Too bad it ended like this," the sacked de Boer
said in a message on his Twitter account, which he shares with his twin brother
"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
De Boer's time in charge was also marked by a controversy
surrounding club captain Mauro Icardi, which some reports claimed had a direct
effect on Inter's performances.
A group of hardline "ultra" fans demanded last
month that Icardi, 23, be stripped of the captaincy over claims he made in a
recently published autobiography.
The angry fans claimed Icardi had lied about the content of
an altercation with them following defeat to Sassuolo in 2014, which he
included in his book.
Inter Milan sided with the ultras and ordered Icardi to
scrap the book and reprint an amended version.
Inter host basement side Crotone on Sunday.
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