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On This Day: Benitez Confirmed As New Inter Manager

Eight years ago this month, the short-lived Rafa Benitez era began at Inter. It turned out to be worse than I feared at the time.

Inter president Massimo Moratti obviously does not listen to me as he has confirmed that Rafael Benitez has agreed to become Inter’s new coach

A statement on the Inter web site said:

“We have reached an agreement and we have sorted out the final details, which weren’t important things. All that is needed now is a countersignature. Benitez is not in Italy. Tomorrow we will tell you when he will be presented.”

Reports have Benitez signing anything from a three year to five contract for around five million euros per season. In addition Rafa is expected to bring his own backroom staff of assistant Mauricio Pellegrino, goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero and fitness coach Paco de Miguel with him.

Hopefully Inter will get the Rafa who twice lead Valencia to the Liga title and a UEFA Cup and not the one who was lost at Anfield this season.

So the deal is done. Rafa was not my choice for Inter, but I will support President Moratti’s decision.

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  • Marko from Belgrade June 9, 2010, 3:40 am

    Disaster! Fellow fans,watch with me as our bellowed Inter falling apart under Benitez guidness!!!

  • Norman June 9, 2010, 7:21 am

    The only road will be a 1 way downhill slope from now on.

  • Matija Kosanovic June 9, 2010, 11:00 am

    the only club i respected apart from INTER was Liverpool til the day this funny guy came, normally i didn’t know his work to good but i think that his policy of rotating and evaluating players is terrible, he can do great season with only a few new players but what i fear is that we are going to look at another Spanish colony of bad footballers.

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