Marotta: ‘New Inter coach this evening’

Beppe Marotta

Inter director Beppe Marotta confirms they will ‘unofficially secure our new coach by this evening’ after poaching Simone Inzaghi from Lazio.

The club was forced to seek a tactician after Antonio Conte terminated his contract by mutual consent on Wednesday, just three days after celebrating the Scudetto.

Inzaghi was the first choice, but had seemed ready to extend his contract – which expires on June 30 – with Lazio last night.

He didn’t actually sign anything and that proved decisive, because today Inter offered to double his salary to €4m plus €1m bonus per season.

Multiple sources are now confident the deal is done and Inzaghi will take over at Lazio.

Nerazzurri director Marotta was speaking at an event this afternoon organised by Il Foglio Sportivo and was asked about the situation.

“We don’t know who the coach is yet,” he said. “We should unofficially secure our new coach by this evening.”

Marotta also discussed Conte’s exit, determined to walk away due to financial cuts at the club.

“Conte is a winner, he manages to achieve success by using up an extraordinary amount of energy. He puts his heart and soul into it. At a certain point, he feels it’s time to take a break and reflect.

“He has the DNA of a winner, typical of many champions. He sees victory as almost an illness. He did it at Juve and Inter, in environments where there were many difficulties. Much of the credit for the Scudetto has to go to Conte.”