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Thohir gives Roberto Mancini vote of confidence as Inter Milan coach

Inter president Erick Thohir and Roberto Mancini
Erick Thohir (right) gave his backing to his coach Roberto Mancini.

Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has calmed nerves by insisting Roberto Mancini is in charge despite the side's dismal showing in recent games.

Having started the season brightly, the Nerazzurri have now lost three of their last six league games, a poor run of form that has seen them drop to third place, behind Juventus and Napoli.

The Italian giants' conservative style of play has also been a subject of bother, but Thohir has full trust in his manager to get the job done.

"He [Mancini] is a good coach and he will remain in charge next season," Thohir was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Our goal remains qualifying for the Champions League.

"It is just the media and fans who are talking about the Scudetto. I don't think we should panic."

While Thohir is prepared to give Mancini time to turn things around, the Indonesian businessman has warned his players to deliver a response away to Atalanta on Saturday, after their shock 1-0 loss to Sassuolo last weekend.

"Sunday's match left us speechless, but this is football." he added. "We attacked constantly but the ball refused to go into the net.

"I hope Mancini and the players respond immediately against Atalanta."

With just two points separating the top three teams in the league standings, a win over Atalanta could see Inter regain their spot at the top of the table, should Napoli and Juventus fail to muster a result against Sassuolo and Udinese respectively.

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