Andrea Stramaccioni, 36-year, will be Inter's 6th coach in the last two years: he comes after Jose Mourinho, Rafa Benitez, Leonardo, Giampiero Gasperini, Claudio Ranieri. A small fraction of a list that includes also the likes of Ottavio Bianchi, Luis Suarez, Roy Hodgson, Luciano Castellini, Gigi Simoni, Mircea Lucescu, Marcello Lippi, Marco Tardelli, Hector Cuper, Alberto Zaccheroni, Roberto Mancini. More than a risolute acceleration towards the future, this appointment seems just the typical humoral decision of Massimo Moratti.
Those lists speak clearly enough. Everyone knows that any coach is under threat with Moratti after a couple of consecutive setbacks. Ranieri was heavily criticised in these pages several times, but he deserved to end this campaign in charge. It would have given a sign of stability and direction to everyone, players included. It would have set a new standard. Inter players know only too well that if things go wrong the coach will be sacked. They can keep on losing, underperforming, but sure to restart under a new coach as if they were not part of the problem. How many coaches have been sacrificed on these players' altar?
Easy sackings is a very short term policy typical of owners like Moratti or Abramovich, desperate to win with no clue nor interest in building a strong basis for success. Chairmen interested only in getting trophies, not in establishing a permanent combination of style, structure, philosophy that will help the consistency of the club quest for success. Moratti's love for Inter is undeniable, and a true value in times of Russian or Arab owners buying clubs random, with no passion and no knowledge of their history. Inter are run by a lover, sure. With all the stops and gos that you can have in any adolescent love affair.
Nearly every year is a year zero at Inter. You can go for Guardiola or Hiddink or Mourinho or Capello or Villas Boas, offering them the same white sheet, as the club in these years failed to establish even a tactical identity. Zanetti playing in nearly any role between defense and midfield, and changing position every two-three games, is metaphoric of Inter's short term policy: instead of using their most consistent player in the best position for him (and so establishing at least one certainty), the captain has been used to fix the holes here and there. It can be OK for a while but if this habit becomes permanent the lack of strategy and vision is evident. All coaches very in line with a board used to play it by ear.
Stramaccioni is younger than Zanetti but older than Andre Villas Boas, who's great chances to be Inter's next coach. Stramaccioni has the potential to be a success, as Villas Boas did at Porto. The former Primavera coach has the qualities, not the experience yet, of the Portuguese. They can be both good long term appointments but, under Moratti, none of them is sure to last longer than Rafa Benitez if results don't come straight away.
At the moment there are only two managers who couldn't fail at Inter: Jose Mourinho and Fabio Capello. They are the only two who would accept the job on their own terms. Mourinho is not a viable option now, so Capello is the only one left. Serie A will be Inter's only target next season and Capello knows better than anyone how to win this league. He did it with AC Milan, Roma and Juventus. Inter will be the fourth team. He's big enough to impose his views on the board, to dictate the signings and to block any player power. Capello is not my favourite choice, that would be Zdenek Zeman (as said several times), but would be perfect for Inter.