Frank de Boer recalled his ill-fated brief spell in charge of Inter Milan, where he was made to feel undermined by the club.
De Boer spent just 85 days in charge of Inter during 2016 after losing seven of his 14 matches. At the time, the barren run of results left them down in 12th-place in the Serie A table.
The Dutchman, who built himself a solid reputation while leading Ajax to four successive Eredivisie titles, rued the Nerazzurri’s decision back then and stated he needed more time to turn things around for the club.
Following another disastrous stint at Crystal Palace in the Premier League, De Boer now coaches MLS champions Atlanta United and has enjoyed a respectable start in the United States.
After 19 games, the Five Stripes find themselves third in the Eastern Conference and six points behind leaders Philadelphia Union – who’ve played three more matches than Atalanta.
“I work for a very young club. There are no former presidents or directors with much influence here,” De Boer told De Telegraaf.
“At Inter, a player’s agent came up to me once and told me: ‘If I’d known you wouldn’t have let my client play, I would never have given you permission for you become Coach.
“That’s to make people understand how far their influence in the club extends. I was shocked that no disciplinary action was taken against him.
“In that sense, working here is much more relaxing. I’m sure I’d have done well for Inter if they were a little more patient with me.
“Inside of me, there’s still a disappointment for not being able to prove what I really could do there.
“I want to show once more that I can also succeed in a top European League.”
De Boer and Atlanta will be in action tonight at Seattle Sounders in another MLS match, with kick-off set for 21:55 (CET).
Matchday from Seattle 👊
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