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Instant Success is a Myth – Frank De Boer is the latest example

Milos Markovic in Editorial, Serie A 2 Nov 2016

Should De Boer have been given more time? / Image via

Should De Boer have been given more time? / Image via

Football has become a quick-paced industry over the course of last couple of years, the industry in which players and managers alike are expected to bring instant results to the table.

The change of trends has arguably had the biggest impact on the nomadic nature of the managerial calling. Being at helm of a football club has always been a stressful job, but doing it successfully has become increasingly difficult knowing there is an axe constantly hanging above your neck.

The latest victim of a managerial Merry-go-round is Frank De Boer, who has been sacked by the Serie A club Inter Milan after only 14 games in charge with Nerazzurri.

More Time Needed

Both Inter and De Boer held on to their dignity during the parting. The Italian club extended their gratitude towards former Ajax manager who walked out after only 85 days in the job.

The 46-year-old tactician acknowledged that Inter’s project needs more time to be carried out, returning the kind words to his ex-employers and thanking them for the support he was given.

Seven losses in 14 matches in charge were more than what Inter’s hierarchy were willing to accept and with Sampdoria defeat being the last drop the Suning group decided it was time for De Boer to leave his post.

Still, De Boer could be expected to feel bitterness over the fact he was not given the opportunity to display his full potential and implement his tactics.

Possession-based football deeply rooted in Frank De Boer’s instincts came as a huge change to Inter’s rigidity in play, displayed by the Dutchman’s predecessors. Dominating games hardly is – in the Italian point of view – more important than winning them, but it was exactly Nerazzuri who reprimanded Mancini for not utilising the full extent of his attack-oriented team in the first place.

With conflicting views over the idea and the overall identity Inter Milan were starting to obtain under Frank De Boer, results-driven club hierarchy showed a frustrating lack of patience with the Dutch manager.

There is not a single name on the planet who could guarantee them instant success and a leap from 12th place to the top of the table overnight. Growing and maturing is a demanding process, one new owners apparently have no understanding for jsut like the predecessors of their own.

Who’s Next?

It can be quite funny to think about Ser Alex Ferguson and his longevity on Manchester United’s bench or about the time Arsene Wenger is in charge of Arsenal and put it in the perspective of Inter Milan.

Nerazzuri have enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Jose Mourinho, who led the club to a historic treble despite only spending two years with the club from 2008 to 2010, but have failed to achieve anything close ever since.

Eight different managers – De Boer included – in just six years is a good testament to Inter’s struggles to cope with reality. A year’s time can make a big difference in every aspect of daily life, but football requires patience and tolerance any new Inter boss can expect not to be given.

Italian media have already thrown a couple of names into the mix aiming to replace the interim boss Stefano Vecchi, the Inter Primavera coach, who will take temporary charge for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League match against Southampton.

Stefano Pioli was quick to emerge as the frontrunner for the position, but the Inter hierarchy are reportedly not in agreement over former Parma and Lazio coach.

Italian directors are understood to be in favour of Pioli, but the club new owners would reportedly prefer to hire a manager of international reputation. Guus Hiddink has thus emerged as a strong favourite for the new coach at Inter as his advisor Kia Joorabchian believed to be having close ties with the Zhang family.

Thursday’s Europa League trip to Southampton will be a huge test for Inter Milan who need to put their poor form behind and elevate themselves beyond the current situation. Nerazzurri are looking at the betting odds of 9/2 to stun the Saints.

New manager should be appointed in the following days as Inter host last-placed Crotone on Sunday in their final match before the international break.

A timely pause should be put to good use at Inter as a meeting with AC Milan awaits in another season-defining moment for Nerazzurri.

Who do you think will become Inter’s new boss?


Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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