European Champions Inter Milan have confirmed the departure of Rafael Benetiz as manager. The former Liverpool boss had been in charge at the San Siro for six months following the departure of Jose Mourinho to Real Madrid.
Benetiz’s exit was first reported on on Tuesday evening, and after a day of uncertainty, has today been confirmed by the Italian side. Benetiz and Milan reached an agreement over the termination of the Spaniard’s contract with immediate effect.
The quick decision comes after Benetiz asked the board to buy him players in the aftermath of the clubs Club World Cup win over TP Mazembe last Saturday. Inter President Massimo Moratti was not impressed with the Spaniard’s comments after the victory over Mazembe.
When asked about his future with the club Benitez said; “There are three possibilities for the club. One, 100% support for the coach and buy four or five players to build a stronger team with competition among the players to be able to carry on winning matches and trophies.
“Two, carry on like this without a project, without planning, and go ahead with one person to blame, for the whole season.
He then followed with;” “The third is to speak to my agent to reach an agreement if there is not this support. Simple.”
These comments appear to have been the final nail in the coffin for Benetiz after a difficult start to the season which sees the club currently 13 points adrift of rivals AC Milan.
In the wake of Benetiz publically calling on Moratti to back him in the transfer market the president responded by saying Benetiz’s comments were; “not suitable for the situation” before stating it was; “not the moment to ask for reinforcements”.
In the midst of the Italian winter break, the Inter board has since moved quickly to remove to Spaniard.