De Boer on his Inter Failure in 2016: “I wasn’t allowed to fight a rotten group”

Former Inter manager Frank De Boer claims his failure to manage Inter well in 2016 was a result of a rotten group in the club.

Following the signing of a three-year deal, De Boer replaced Roberto Mancini ahead of the 2016-17 season but was eventually fired just after he coached 14 games, in which he lost seven and won just five.

Even though Inter eventually finished seventh in Serie A and were also bottom of their Europa League group, te Dutchman, who now manges Atlanta United, claims he had sufficient backing to remove certain “rotten” individuals from the dressing room and that contributed to his poor performance at the club.

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Talking about his short spell as the manager of the Nerazzurri with Algemeen Dagblad as quoted by Calciomercato:

“I wanted to change the structure and the culture of the club because the team hadn’t won a trophy for a long time. I was totally focused on this objective but I had to deal with a vile group.

“I wasn’t allowed to kick some players out of the club and I believe I should have pushed more. If you want a real change, you need to apply imminent changes. In the end, maybe I was wrong because I wanted to be friend with everybody”.

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