Giuseppe Marotta, Inter’s general manager, insists that Antonio Conte is worth every euro of a salary that makes him the highest paid coach in Serie A. Inter won their first ‘scudetto’ in 11 years on Sunday, from 2009-10 In the absence of 4 days for the end of Serie A. Conte has made it possible in his second season as coach of the negriazul team. According to the Gazzetta dello Spurt, Conte earns 12 million euros net a year, almost five times more than the next highest paid coach in Serie A (Paulo Fonseca, Roma, 2.5 million euros). Conte’s future appears uncertain due to Inter’s economic crisis.
Marotta told the Sky Italia channel about Conte: “He was a winner as a player and he is a winner as a coach, and he managed to transmit these values to the players, since none of them had won a ‘scudetto’ except Arturo Vidal with Juventus.” Former Barcelona player Vidal achieved 4 ‘scudetti’ in his Juventine stage (2011-2015). “It is better to sign one less player but to have a good coach. Conte has a salary that reflects the titles he has won, ”Marotta added about the Inter coach.
The triumph of Inter put an end to the reign of Juventus, which had won the last 9 editions of Serie A, something unprecedented. The first 3 of the series, with Antonio Conte as coach. The current Interista coach achieved the 2016-17 Premier at the helm of Chelsea. In his time as a player with Juve (between 1991 and 2004), Conte won 5 Serie A, a Champions League, a UEFA Cup and a Coppa Italia, among other trophies.
However, Conte’s future remains uncertain despite the ‘scudetto’ won, as Inter has financial problems as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
When asked by RAI Marotta for a percentage chance that Conte will stay next season, the Inter general manager said: “I hope 100 percent. We know that we are in a difficult moment for sport, not only for football, and this inevitably affects the decisions of the big clubs. For example, we have lost around € 70 million of revenue. This means that our power in the transfer market will be reduced ”.
Marotta denies a plan B
Marotta said about Conte: “There is no plan B. There is a plan A and I think Conte can continue this adventure with us, he has a relationship with the fans and with the club, these are fundamental aspects.”
But Conte, who has a year left on his contract, was less willing to give a definitive answer to the question. “We have thought a lot about the present, taking Inter back to the title after so many years was too important,” he told Sky Italia.
“Now the president of the club is here and there are four games left. There will be time to talk and understand the situation, to try to organize ourselves and see what comes out of it. For now, I am enjoying the moment with my family, the players and the club, ”Conte said.