Benitez’s Inter Future Thrown Into Doubt
Rafael Benitez’s tenure as manager of Italian giants Inter Milan has been thrown into series doubt after his agent confirmed that the Spaniard has been in talks with the club over his current contract.
Following the announcement earlier today, Benitez’s agent Manuel Garcia Quilon commented that he was “neither optimistic or pessimistic” about the initial discussions, but the manager’s position is thought to be under serious scrutiny.
For a club that has won the last five Serie A titles, it is common knowledge that the Inter board are deeply unhappy with the team’s current position of seventh in the league, branding their current predicament “a mess” after the Club Championships.
Ex-Liverpool manager Benitez took over the Inter reigns in June when he succeeded Jose Mourinho, but he has failed to deliver the results expected of him and has pulled the club into a precarious position in the title race, where they sit 13 points off the top.
As a result, preliminary meetings were conducted yesterday with Inter president Massimo Moratti – who is rumoured to have been in contact with former AC Milan boss Leonardo – but he would only say that discussions with Benitez were ongoing.
“We are trying to understand what’s going on,” Moratti said. “Everything that happened was a bit unexpected and we are considering every point of view”.