After the last two seasons a change was inevitable. Long overdue, some might say. But there are many ways to part company with your many falling stars and Inter didn't choose the most graceful.
It is certainly true that you need to try your best to offload underperforming players or players whose performance do not justify their original salary anymore. But you can do it with some style. As it happened with the likes of Lucio (free to join Juventus), Forlan (Internacional), Maicon (Real Madrid or Chelsea?), Pazzini (Sampdoria bound).
All were given time and the opportunity to find a new team. Juventus' treatment of Alessandro Del Piero was widely considered disgraceful and many Nerazzurri fans took pride in the fact that nothing similar could happen at Inter – or so they thought.
So it was quite surprising and unpleasant to see Inter announcing the signings of Handanovic and Silvestre and, on the other hand, announcing that both Julio Cesar and Dejan Stankovic “will not train with the rest of the squad as they are not part of Stramaccioni's plans anymore”.
If the coach is the man who really took the decision, it is safe to say that he must have passed his views on the players at the end of last season. Nearly two months ago. So did Inter really need to deliver this kind of message on the very last day, through lawyers and media, to players like Julio Cesar and Dejan Stankovic? The duo are maybe worn out, but always loyal and committed.
It is very hard to understand why a player like Christian Chivu, who has been slipping steadily downhill for some seasons, has been offered a new (reduced) contract, whereas Julio Cesar and Deki are considered surplus despite contracts that last until 2014. Irregular? Probably. Unfair? Certainly.