Klinsmann: Mancini right man for Inter

The former Nerazzurri striker believes the 50-year-old trainer just needs time and patience to rebuild the San Siro side

Jurgen Klinsmann is in no doubt that Roberto Mancini is the right man to restore Inter to their former glory.

The Nerazzurri won the treble in 2010 and remain one of the game’s most famous names.

However, they have struggled both on and off the field in recent years, resulting in former owner Massimo Moratti handing over control of the club to Erick Thohir in November 2013.

Inter have yet to regain their place among Italy’s elite, let alone Europe’s – despite the subsequent return of Mancini, who won three consecutive Scudetti during his first spell at San Siro between 2004 and 2008.

However, even though the Nerazzurri could only finish eighth in Serie A last season, Klinsmann believes the former Manchester City boss can turn the club around.

“He has an international eye,” the former Inter striker told the La Gazzetta dello Sport. “He knows how to play both in Italy and in the major European countries.

“Just like the new owner, he too needs time. But Mancini is the right man. When you change leadership, you’re always going to face some difficulties. Passing from one owner to another is problematic.

“But I think that Erick Thohir will bring benefits. They just have to find the correct new road for themselves and doing that takes patience, trust and time. You cannot have everything at once.”

Klinsmann also dispelled the notion that Inter’s stock has plummeted in recent seasons and that the game’s top talent is no longer drawn to San Siro.

“I’d recommend Inter to all of the best players in the world,” the United States coach added.

“Inter are Inter, a name that is a guarantee and that still counts in football. Globally, Inter have not suffered any backlash.”

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