Legendary former Inter keeper Walter Zenga still believes that the Nerazzurri is home for him, but he understands that he has not done enough to justify coaching his former club.
Speaking at the Trento Festival of Sport, as reported by FCInter1908, the former keeper explained that he feels that it is right that the head coach of a club be selected based on merit based on the status of being a club legend.
Zenga has coached extensively since hanging up his gloves, having spells in charge of the likes of Crotone, Cagliari, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The possibility that he could one day take charge at Inter was always something considered by many with the likes of Pep Guardiola, Zinedine Zidane, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Andrea Pirlo just a few recent examples of players who have made this transition to coaching their former clubs.
However, this was not to be in the case of Zenga at Inter, and he accepts the reasons why this is.
“You don’t coach your favourite team by divine right,” he explained. “I played for 22 years at Inter and I played 473 games, today I would have played 700, but I didn’t necessarily have to become the coach – I wanted to, my path didn’t allow me to do it and to be able to.”
“I didn’t give the right impression to those who had to decide,” he reflected, “obviously I’m not that good and my level was not the right one. But I made a choice and never changed – two days ago I was in Appiano and it is my home.”
“Even if everything has changed, it’s my home,” he reflected. “I remember all the matches, every single episode – I only removed one match from my memory, Sambenedettese-Matera when the stadium burned down.”