Valencia Coach Marcelino Garcia Toral has revealed he was convinced he’d be handed Inter’s vacant managerial job last season.
The Nerazzurri dismissed Frank de Boer in early November, only three months after his appointment, and despite meeting with Marcelino they opted to go with Stefano Pioli.
“A year ago my staff and I were contacted by Inter’s executives,” Marcelino told Gazzetta dello Sport’s Extra Time.
“We went to Milan and had two technical meetings. After the second we were sure that we’d coach Inter.
“However, between 11pm on the Saturday and Sunday afternoon, something changed. In 13 hours our candidacy lost energy.
“Clearly at Inter there were those who wanted to entrust the squad to us, and others who preferred someone else. It’s fine, it happens.
“We liked the idea of coaching in Italy, it didn’t happen, we arrived at Valencia and we’re happy.”
Marcelino has made a flying start to life at the Mestalla, winning seven of his 10 La Liga matches in charge and holding an unbeaten run.