Inter president rules out coaching change

AFP , Thursday 15 Sep 2011

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has ruled out making a knee-jerk coaching change despite Gian Piero Gasperini's losing start to the season.

Inter Milan coach Gian Piero Gasperini

Inter followed up Sunday's 4-3 defeat at Palermo in Serie A with a shock 1-0 loss at home to outsiders Trabzonspor in the Champions League.

It has left Gasperini under pressure just two games into his Inter career, but Moratti insists he won't be making any rash decisions.

"There defintely won't be any changes in the coming days not least because the team didn't play badly (against Trabzonspor)," he told reporters.

"Maybe they didn't play with a lot of tempo, maybe they didn't have the legs to win but you can't blame that on the coach.

"We cannot always call him into question, give the coach time to do his work.

"For now all we can do is wait. We've changed the system and for the moment it's affecting our game."

Moratti may have claimed Gasperini's position wasn't under threat but he was categoric in his reply to a question about the defensive system.

Gasperini picked a back three against Palermo but came under heavy fire from the media and was under pressure to change.

He reverted to a customary back four against Trabzonspor and when asked if he preferred that, Moratti was unequivical: "Yes," he said.

Gasperini, however, had denied after the Trabzonspor game that he was pushed into changing the defensive set-up.

"No-one pushed me to pick one formation or another, that's a total invention, all I did was try to correct the mistakes (from Sunday)," said an angry Gasperini.

Inter host another team in a mini-crisis on Sunday in the league as Roma will be the visitors to the San Siro.

They lost their opening Serie A match of the season 2-1 at home to Cagliari, leaving their new coach Luis Enrique also under the spotlight.

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