Inter Milan president: Differing views on austerity plans are the reason for Conte’s departure
Inter Milan president Stephen Zhang confirmed that austerity plans were the reason for the sudden departure of coach Antonio Conte from the team. In statements to the Italian newspaper, “Gazzetta dello Sport”, issued on Sunday, Zhang said that “our different views on the situation led to Conte’s departure,” noting that the Corona pandemic had put the club in a financial crisis, which necessitated reducing costs, and added that this step had an impact on the strategy. The club is in the transfer market. The Chinese businessman explained that this was not the decisive criterion for Conte, but it was also for the club, “I am an excellent coach, but as president of the club I have to think about the club’s ability to withstand.” Inter Milan was crowned the league title last season, ending Juventus’ successive winning streak for nine seasons. But Conte, 51, disagreed with the owners about the club’s future – specifically the need to fill the financial gaps with player sales – and he left recently, although his contract with the club continues until 2022. Last Thursday, Inter Milan announced that Lazio coach Simeone Inzaghi would take over as coach of the team, replacing Conte. Inzaghi played for Lazio for nearly 20 years.