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 By Richard Hall

Mazzarri clings on to his job for now but fan fury is growing at Inter

Mauro Icardi scored twice in the 2-2 draw with Verona and the Inter Milan man was later seen telling the crowd to calm down after the visitors snatched a point on Sunday night.

The jeers and whistles are now a constant feature when Inter Milan play at the San Siro. Just as one can guarantee hearing "Pazza Inter Amala" at the start of the match, there is also an unsettling trend that sees unrest and disappointment at the finish. As Verona equalised in the final minute on Sunday night to make it 2-2, Inter fans disbanded into the night fuelled with anger and despair.

The critical supporters provoked a response from Inter's Mauro Icardi, who gestured with his finger over his lips, suggesting they should be quiet.

He said: "I don't understand those who jeer. Things are not going the way we want them to at the moment, but on home turf we need to have the fans on our side. It's irritating."

The Nerazzurri faithful also made it clear with various banners around the stadium that they wanted to see beleaguered coach Walter Mazzarri removed from his post. The ex-Napoli tactician has always been adamant he has the support of the board and that he has only just begun his three-year project, yet this assumption is starting to look quite far removed from the truth.

Inter President Erick Thohir has reportedly cancelled his return flight to Indonesia to hold an emergency meeting with members of the board so that they can address the critical issues facing his team. Thohir has been vocal in favour of Mazzarri in the past but the performances offered in recent matches combined with the unrest among the fans may now have tipped the president over the edge. The two-week international break also offers the perfect time slot to change coach as the new man would have time to work with the team before the Milan derby.

Mazzarri, to the outside world, seems a broken man on the touchline yet almost blasé in his news conferences afterwards. The pain and torment of the match so evidently absorbs him but the summary he offered afterwards seemed quite the opposite.

He said: "From what I gather it's a three-year plan. Naturally if you're used to winning, which is right if you're an Inter fan, and you start to struggle a bit, then it's hard. But I see the lads are fighting, working as a team and they're hungry. Things can only get better after the international break once we're able to get some of our players back."

Injuries aside, the Inter faithful rightly expected victory against Verona. Instead they saw their team make even more defensive errors in a game that saw Mazzarri make some incomprehensible tactical decisions. The most baffling of all of these was his inability to notice that he needed to reinforce the midfield rather than play two strikers when his side were down to 10 men after Gary Medel's sending off.

Things will not get any easier for after the international break, as they face Milan in the derby and then Roma. Now could be the time to change before these two games consume Inter at the end of the month.

If the derby is lost then the jeers and whistles will be deafening. Thohir, however, told La Gazzetta dello Sport that this is not something he is trying to discourage.

He said: "Do I have a message for the fans to stop jeering the team and Coach at San Siro? No, no, I am not the one who has to send a message to anyone. It is the team on the field who must send a good message to the fans and I hope they will."

The message is clear.

Richard Hall is an Italian football writer contributing to ESPN, The Guardian, Daily Mail, IBWM and Football Italia. Follow him on Twitter @Gentleman_Ultra.


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