Hull City defender Andrea Ranocchia says former Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer struggled at the club due to a poor pre-season.
Ranocchia, who’s on loan at Hull from Inter, made five appearances for the Italian club this season before joining the Premier League club in January and says De Boer struggled after replacing Roberto Mancini just weeks before the season began last year.
“When you change coach in August it’s difficult for everyone,” the centre-back said, as quoted by Football Italia.
“For the club, the coach and the fans. The arrival of De Boer was a shock, he didn’t speak the language. We didn’t work well in pre-season.
“It wasn’t easy for a coach to come in and put his ideas across.
“Stefano Pioli? He gave an idea of how to play, a mentality and rules to follow. He didn’t turn anything upside down, just put good players on the pitch.
“You can see the results, the lads are doing very well with him.
“My future? I’m an Inter player, I leave the door open to anything. I’ve never closed a door, there’s no problem.”
Ranocchia also said Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Leicester forward Jamie Vardy and new Southampton signing Manolo Gabbiadini are the toughest opponents he has faced in England so far.
“Ibra [Zlatan Ibrahimovic] is strong, with his experience he knows how to make the right movements. He always seems to know where the ball will go. He’s very strong, both technically and physically,” Ranocchia continued.
“[Jamie] Vardy would be good in Serie A, he’s very quick. I think he’d do very well. He runs right up until the 90th minute.
“As for [Manolo] Gabbiadini, he’s a quality player, he’s in a League which it’s nice to play in, he’s enjoying himself and he’s scoring.”