Official. Rafa Benitez is not Inter coach anymore. For him a €3 million compensation plus a one way ticket - to Anfield?
Under the Spaniard Inter won the Italian Supercup, lost the Uefa Supercup and won the Fifa Club World Cup. Benitez left the team placed 7th in the league, 13 points behind AC Milan [with two games in hand to cut the deficit].
Inter president Massimo Moratti explained the sacking [described by the club as a mutually satisfactory agreement for the early termination of his contract ] and his feelings: "I'm sorry but we couldn't do anything else. I was not very happy with him at the helm until the Club World Cup. And after he spoke the way he spoke in Abu Dhabi, there was in me no will or any patience left to keep him here". And now? "And now we start from zero again". Leonardo? "He is one of the coaches we are thinking of".
Moratti's words clarify that Benitez had no chance to save his job. The former Liverpool and Valencia coach had realised it earlier than anyone and decided to speak so openly against the club and some players to get at least two results: 1. leaving as a winner; 2. exposing Inter problems and broken promises; 3. ending the scapegoat agony.
Today Inter and Benitez are both happy for different reasons. Money aside, none of them should be. An end like this it's a mutual admission of failure and misjudgement.