Materazzi saddened by Inter plight

Former Inter Milan defender Marco Materazzi says the current state of affairs at the Serie A giants is embarrassing and taints their illustrious history.

The 2006 World Cup winner, who was part of the Inter squad that won five consecutive league titles and the UEFA Champions League under Jose Mourinho in 2010, feels the current hierarchy are to blame for their turmoil.

Since Chinese consortium Suning Holdings Group's takover, the Nerazzurri find themselves on their third head coach of the 2016/17 season, in ninth place – 13 points behind leaders Juventus.

Stefano Pioli is set to make his debut in charge this weekend in their derby fixture with AC Milan – following on from Roberto Mancini and Frank De Boer.

"The fact there are three Coaches in three months reflects what is happening in the club," Materazzi told the Corriere della Sera.

"Now the new chiefs want to see results before they secure contracts. I don't want to blame Mancini, De Boer or Pioli. The fault lies with those who have been there for years.

"All that matters to me is Inter and it makes my heart bleed to see them in this position. I hope the club changes course by bringing in competent people.

"Someone in there ought to admit they've made a mistake and leave. Now in order to get back up the ladder, they need clear and precise plans. I hope the club hierarchy can be closer to the team, as I see lately they're not really present in Milan."

He added: "First of all let's try to win on Sunday, otherwise -11 from third place it'd be really complicated. I'd lie if I said I didn't have hope in Mauro Icardi," the 43-year-old added in reference to their Champions League hopes.

"The derby is special, as it lets you understand who is in charge in the city. In order to play this game, you need a fiery heart and a cool head."