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Massimo Moratti Reveals Roy Hodgson Was Paid In Opera Tickets For His Second Stint At Inter Milan

By Chris Wright

Soccer - UEFA Europa League - Round of 16 - First Leg - Tottenham Hotspur v Inter Milan - White Hart Lane

As you probably already know, Roy Hodgson served as manager of Inter Milan between 1995 and 1997 and is fondly remembered at the Italian club for arresting the Nerazzurri’s dreadful, bottom-of-the-table start to the 1995/96 season and subsequently rejuvenating them to a third place finish the season after that.

Hodgson also returned for a brief second stint in charge of Inter as caretaker coach for just six games in 1999 as a favour for his old chum Massimo Moratti, the Italian club’s now-former owner and president (he recently flogged 70% of his stake to Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir) that ended in Hodgson, being the gentleman he is, refusing to accept a single penny of his friend’s money for doing so.

Moratti, being the multi-millionaire he is, repeatedly insisted on paying Hodgson for his services, though the man who would later become the England manager remained resolute in his no-cash stance.

However, after insistent badgering from Moratti, Hodgson buckled and offered a fairly unusual compromise: in lieu of money changing hands, he decided that he would like to be paid in tickets to a famous Milan opera house to see Luciano Pavarotti in concert.

Moratti, speaking to The Sun, regaled the negotiations:

“The second time Roy came to Inter as manager for a few weeks he did not ask for money but instead asked for tickets at La Scala.

“He didn’t want to be paid, and it was for one month or something. He told me ‘no, no, no, I don’t want to be paid by you. I do it because we are friends and you need me.’

“I asked him ‘please, I don’t want you to do it without anything from my side. I insisted, and he told me ‘if you insist, I have to say that I will have tickets for La Scala.

“We went together, of course.”

Frankly, we’d expect nothing less of Roy: a class act if ever there were, though he was definitely able to get the “I know some very bad people” look down to a ‘T’ during his time in Milan…

Inter Milan v Napoli, Italian Soccer

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By Chris on November 13th, 2013 in Managers, Newsnow, Serie A. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

7 Responses to “Massimo Moratti Reveals Roy Hodgson Was Paid In Opera Tickets For His Second Stint At Inter Milan”

  1. Ross says:

    Classy fella.

    I am currently reading a book and Roy describes his footballing philosophy as well as his leadership techniques…quite the unsung hero!

    Getting the Swiss into third place in the FIFA rankings is not an easy task!

  2. Louis says:

    Touch o’ class

  3. porcelain sandwich says:

    God I love Roy. Can’t ever imagine Harry Redknapp being paid in opera tickets.

  4. RJB says:

    Shit Look-a-like for Christopher Walken in the second picture? If you’re gonna be a bad ass, then that’s bad ass.

  5. AC says:

    If only John Henry paid him in opera tickets at Liverpool. Henry should have paid England’s greatest left-back (Paul Konchesky) in opera tickets too. Would have saved millions and probably had a new stadium by now.

  6. TravisKOP says:

    actually a fairly good looking dude in his pomp

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