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Frank de Boer admits he should have got rid of “rotten” Inter players

By Harry Edwards

Published: 16:04, 24 March 2019

Former Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer believes he failed at the club because he wasn’t allowed to get rid of “rotten” players.

The Dutchman took charge of the Nerazzurri in August 2016, replacing Roberto Mancini, but lasted just under three months before being sacked.

Why did De Boer fail at Inter Milan? Five key things to know…

  1. Frank de Boer replaced Roberto Mancini as Inter Milan manager in August 2016.
  2. He would last just three months before being sacked after a poor run of results.
  3. The Dutchman managed just five wins from his 14 games.
  4. De Boer has since admitted he took on too much work at Inter.
  5. But he also claimed he was dealing with a “rotten group” of players he was unable to change.

De Boer oversaw 14 games in charge of Inter, winning five and losing seven games including two shock defeats in the Europa League.

But De Boer believes his time at the club could have been so much more different, if he had been given a bit more control of the squad.

“I did good things at Inter and Crystal Palace, but I also have to look at myself in the mirror and admit some things could’ve gone better. I learned from that experience,” De Boer told Algemeen Dagblad.

“I had taken on too much at Inter. I wanted to change the entire structure and culture, because that club hadn’t won anything for a long time.

“I was dealing with a rotten group, but wasn’t allowed to throw out certain players. I perhaps should’ve pushed a bit harder, because if you want to create change, you have to get a lot done right away.

“Maybe I tried to be everyone’s friend and that just wasn’t possible.”

De Boer followed up his disastrous spell at Inter with another at Crystal Palace a year later, this time lasting just five games before being sacked without a league win.

The Dutchman is now in charge of MLS side Atlanta United, where he has endured a similarly tough start, winning two of his opening seven games.

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De Boer compares new club to Ajax

Despite his slow start to life in MLS, De Boer believes he is at a unique club in Atlanta United – one he has compared to former side Ajax.

“They want to give young, talented players a stage,” he added.

“At the same time, they have opened the wallet for players. The Argentinian Gonzalo Martínez was bought in the summer for $15million from River Plate. Miguel Almiron went to Newcastle United for $27million.

“Atlanta is a kind of trading house, unique in American football. In that respect they are really a precursor, indeed.

“They choose a different path, going for talented players of a certain age. Not for the older European stars.

“I think they have found a new approach that other clubs can follow.”