With less than Italian giants Inter Milan have appointed Dutch football manager Franciscus “Frank” de Boer as their new head coach following the sacking of former coach Roberto Mancini on Monday. The Italian club has reportedly signed a three-year contract with former Ajax manager De Boer after parting with Mancini on a mutual agreement. The Italian’s position at the club was in jeopardy owing to performances in the last two seasons since he took over in 2014 and the club’s new Chinese owners Suning Holdings, finally decided on a course of action following the club’s third pre-season defeat.
Why was Mancini given the boot?
Roberto Mancini took over the reigns of Inter Milan for a second spell in 2014 with expectations of the club regaining back their lost glory which they had in earlier years. In his two seasons at Milan since then, he went trophy-less and failed to qualify for the Champions League. His reported misgivings regarding the transfer market also contributed to his falling-out with the new club owners.
Why Frank de Boer as new Inter Milan Manager?
De Boer was appointed by Suning Holdings as the Inter coach following his exit from Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam. As a manager, De Boer has been incredibly consistent in recent years winning four consecutive Eredivise titles with Ajax from the 2010-11 season to the 2013-14 season. He was awarded the Johan Cryuff Shield in 2013 for his excellent managerial record in the Netherlands. His appointment in Italy might have solely be based on his success with younger players at his disposal.
What can Boer incorporate?
During the 2010 FIFA world cup, De Boer was the assistant coach for Netherlands under Louis Van Gaal and has always used techniques similar to the former Manchester United manager.
At Ajax, De Boer incorporated possession in addition to these key elements for most games laying special stress on combination play and individual expression. His four consecutive triumphs in Eredivise comprised of carefully thought-out strategies which targeted the weakness of the opposition.His basic in-game tactics include every single player being available for support while attacking and in the absence of ball possession, every player presses aggressively showcasing and harnessing every player’s high work-rate. If provided with a decent transfer fund and with sufficient support from the club authorities, De Boer definitely has the potential skills of bringing back Champions League action to the San Siro next season.