Fassone: Inter not in a state of emergency

The Nerazzurri slipped to ninth place in the Italian top flight on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Parma at the weekend, thus piling more pressure on coach Walter Mazzarrri

Inter director general Marco Fassone has denied that the club are in a state of emergency due to stuttering start to the Serie A season.

After a number of seemingly shrewd signings during the summer transfer window, hopes were high that the Nerazzurri would challenge for a top-three finish in Walter Mazzarri’s second season at San Siro.

However, Saturday’s dismal 2-0 defeat at struggling Parma has left Inter ninth in the table, meaning the pressure is mounting on the former Napoli boss who had in October suggested Inter were suffering from a state of emergency as their form tumbled.

Fassone, though, is calling for calm and pointed out that, while the results so far this season have not been good, the Nerazzurri are just four points shy of third-placed Sampdoria.

“Serie A is very even,” Fassone told Domenica Sportiva. “Now we have three games, including two against AC Milan and Roma, where we could see the table revolutionised.

“We are looking internally at the management situation, including president Erick Thohir.

“But as for calling it an emergency for the coach, our form is suffering is because in the last few years Inter have finished sixth, ninth and fifth so there’s an increasing expectation that we’ll return to the positions which befit us.

“This may well be the case, but we have ample opportunities for growth, and we see no emergency situation.”

Mazzarri succeeded Andrea Stamaccioni at the helm of the San Siro side in the summer of 2013 and led the Nerazzurri to a fifth-placed finish last term.