Former Inter Primavera coach Fulvio Pea believes that Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has the team on the right path to experience continued success.
Speaking to Italian news outlet L’Interista, the 53-year-old praised Marotta’s abilities and put his faith in the director to guide the Nerazzurri through a difficult period.
Pea’s path had crossed with that of Marotta when the current Inter CEO appointed him as Primavera coach at Sampdoria during the summer of 2007.
Marotta evidently regarded Pea’s talents highly, and the coach feels the same towards Marotta, whose handling of the club he considers to be highly important.
Pea joined Inter as Primavera coach after two years in the role at Sampdoria, while Marotta took a more circuitous route to the Nerazzurri, spending nearly a decade at Juventus before he took over at Inter.
Now that Marotta is CEO at Inter, however, Pear believes that he is the right man to make the significant decisions as the Nerazzurri face a tough landscape with economic difficulties.
On this season’s Scudetto race he said, “It will be an exciting season, much more balanced than more famous leagues. There is no match with a certain outcome, any challenge against the small teams is not a foregone conclusion.”
“Inter have changed a lot, but in a positive way,” he went on. “Juve, on the other hand, have changed a lot, but not very well and therefore need more time to get back to the top. Then there is Milan who are continuing to grow, and planning.”
“The managers who are giving life to a new type of club, comparable to some new reality, are very good,” he said. “Then there is Napoli, Spalletti has had a great impact. The Rome clubs will build something important. The return of many important coaches will make the league more lively and interesting.”
He went into his thoughts on his former team, stating that “I like Inter, they are continuing the path started by Conte, in terms of their style of play. The directors did very well in looking for a coach with the same tactical ideas so as not to upset the squad.”
“There were some forced and necessary sales,” Pea continued, “but they were well compensated for by excellent signings. Dzeko is doing very well, Correa will certainly find space and show his talents.”
He praised CEO Marotta, stating that “Marotta is the decisive man at the club. He has been so at all the clubs he has been with, I have seen him up close at the time of Sampdoria.”
He went on, “He is an extraordinary executive, one of the best in the world – wherever he goes he carries out projects and brings the right technical and economic results, he has winning strategies. He makes the teams where he goes to work well and win.”
And on the situation of the Zhang family as Inter owners he stated, “I don’t know their situation well, so I don’t hazard any thoughts about the future of the Zhang family. There are global economic circumstances that are difficult to predict.”
“I can’t do it even at a family level let alone if I go to judge an economic empire like that of Suning,” he elaborated. “The world crisis situation has certainly affected even the most powerful families and this is also to the detriment of the strongest clubs.”
He concluded, “I see that many Italian owners are being replaced by foreign properties. COVID marked an important break with the past.”