Inter could stick with Stramaccioni - Fassone

The Nerazzurri general manager says he hopes the 37-year-old will stay at San Siro for the long term and is hoping to move the club to a new stadium
By Zac Lee Rigg

Inter general manager Marco Fassone is hoping the club stand by Andrea Stramaccioni for the long haul despite their disappointing campaign.

The Nerazzurri started the season in impressive fashion, but injuries to key men and a loss of form have seen them slip to fifth in the table, six points off the final Champions League place.

However, Fassone says that the club are planning for the long-term future with the 37-year-old.

"This is not a decision that we will take in this moment, but why not?" he told when asked whether the club would stick with the former Primavera coach.

"He's very young. He's a project – a long-term project with him, I hope. Unfortunately this season was a season with a lot of injures that for sure have influenced the results.

"We want to understand why all these injuries [happened] this year and to consider [that] the coach, since November, had at his disposal a reduced number of players."

Juventus' move to a stadium of their own triggered a fresh wave of success in Turin and Fassone went on to say he hopes to oversee the building of a new arena for Inter.

"It's a crucial project for the future of Inter," he continued.

"We are looking for the right location of the stadium. We have a shortlist of three potential locations in Milan and surrounding Milan.

"In these months we are looking at the financial aspects of the stadium, so the developer, the constructor, the request of equity that we have to put in. We are trying to close this phase and all this procedure by 2013.

"When you are alone, you're more free to adapt the stadium to your needs. I think the best option is to have a stadium for Inter and a stadium for AC Milan."

Fassone also said the Inter were planning hard for the arrival of Financial Fair Play and the club view next season as a key one for their future.

"We don't know exactly which rules Uefa will adopt. We know 2013-14, the coming season, will be an enormous season," he predicted.

"But for the 2014-15 [season], after the first three years of control of the European teams, it could be the first critical season.

"We are strongly working on Financial Fair Play to reduce the losses that our club had in the last years. We reduced strongly the amount of salaries this year, and we're working to be compliant with the rules in a couple of years."

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