Former Inter owner Massimo Moratti says Walter Mazzarri's sacking was inevitable as he has never seen a coach become more "disliked" by the club's fans.
Mazzarri took charge of the Nerazzurri last year after a successful four-year spell at Napoli and promptly led the San Siro side back into Europe courtesy of a fifth-placed finish in Serie A.
However, he came under intense pressure following a disappointing start to the current campaign and, after weeks of being whistled and booed by Inter fans, the 53-year-old trainer was dismissed on November 14, with the club sitting ninth in the standings.
Moratti, who hired Mazzarri, says he has the utmost respect for the San Vicenzo native both as a coach and a man, but feels that current Inter president Erick Thohir was left with no option but to sack him.
"I've never seen a coach so disliked at a club," Moratti is quoted as saying by the Gazzetta dello Sport and the Corriere dello Sport.
"He's a good person, but his character didn't help him. He's an introvert. At the end, he was running the risk of losing touch.
"He created a particular situation and it was no longer possible [for him] to go on [because of] the whistles at the stadium, the unhappy fans and the points in the table.
"Unfortunately, certain decisions have to be taken.
"Mazzarri is a good coach and he has shown that in his career. In the last while he was also unfortunate and certain results could have been different. But football is like this."
After dispensing with Mazzarri, Thohir immediately turned to Roberto Mancini, who led the Nerazzurri to three Scudetti (one of which was awarded to the club after Calciopoli) and two Coppa Italia titles.
Moratti is in no doubt that the former Italy international is the right man to bring the glory days back to the Nerazzurri.
"Few have won as many titles at Inter as Mancini, so that must count for something," he reasoned.
"It needed someone in whom the people could trust. There were not many alternatives.
"I said to Thohir: Mancini or [ex-Inter coach] Leonardo; they are the two names.
"Both are good coaches that know Inter. To choose someone that didn't have a familiarity with the environment at Inter would have been a risk so Thohir has done well."
Mancini's first game of his second spell at San Siro comes against AC Milan at the Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday evening.