Moratti gives backing to Inter manager Stramaccioni - so long as he sees improvement

Stramaccioni says he does not fear facing the sack at Inter. Photo: PA

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti will not sack Andrea Stramaccioni - as long as the Nerazzurri head coach fulfils his promise to change results for the better.

Moratti kept his counsel in the immediate aftermath of last night's 1-0 home defeat to Bologna, a result that followed Thursday's 3-0 Europa League loss at Tottenham.

A haul of eight points from eight games has seen the Nerazzurri slip out of the Champions League picture and into fifth place, with Stramaccioni pledging to make the most of the remaining 10 games.

But this afternoon saw Moratti issue a veiled warning to both Stramaccioni and director of sport Marco Branca.

He told Gazzetta.it: "Branca says Inter will carry on as they are, does he? Under Stramaccioni and himself? I agree, but that's up to me to decide.

"If everything stays as it is, but with different results, then we will go forward together."

Inter were lucky to reach the break level last night, with Bologna allowed free rein at the San Siro before Alberto Gilardino's half-volley settled the match midway through the second half.

"It was a sort of collapse against Bologna yesterday," Moratti added. "It's hugely disappointing but we need to stay calm when evaluating the situation.

"We need to recharge our batteries both emotionally and physically. I don't know why the first halves of games have been so bad, I don't think the players are doing it on purpose.

"Maybe they are going out there scared. But watching us throw game after game away is getting quite serious."

Stramaccioni, meanwhile, does not fear facing the sack ahead of Spurs' arrival in Milan for Thursday's second-leg encounter.

"I make mistakes just as everyone does, I think," he told inter.it. "Moratti's vote of confidence? I just want to thank the president with results on the pitch."