Inter’s former owner and chairman Massimo Moratti has discussed the meetings he had where he sacked Roberto Mancini and decided to replace him with Jose Mourinho, according to a report in the Italian broadcast media.
Speaking during DAZN‘s recent documentary about his time at Inter, with quotes from FCInter1908, Massimo Moratti explained the moment that he parted ways with Roberto Mancini and then decided to hire Jose Mourinho as his replacement.
“I remember when I communicated the end of the relationship to Mancini. It was a surprising day. I had this meeting with Mancini, I was waiting for him at my parents’ house.
“Mancini came, a coach who had won with a humble attitude and there I had to decide. Honestly, I thought that I had already taken a step with another manager and I strengthened and said that to him.
“I thanked him, he was a phenomenon. I told him the truth.
“At that point, I told Mourinho that we had to meet to eventually sign a contract.”
Roberto Mancini was in charge of the Nerazzurri from 2004 until 2008 and he won three Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia finals and two Supercoppa Italia titles.
Since being sacked by Inter, he has gone on to win three trophies with Manchester City in the Premier League including a league title and an FA Cup. He also won Euro 2020 as Italy boss this summer.
Inter won the treble in 2009/10 season under Jose Mourinho and won another league title under him the season before that.