Walter Mazzarri has cut an increasingly morose figure in the Inter dugout this season and the cause of his malaise has principally been a misfiring attack.
Inter owner Erick Thohir watched in strained silence as Inter drew another blank at home to Udinese.
Mazzarri was more animated, pacing up and down and even gnawing on a water bottle in the dying stages.
The Nerazzurri were denied by magnificent young goalkeeper Simone Scuffet and by the referee refusing to give a penalty for handball by Thomas Heurtaux, extending Inter's improbable penalty-less run to 32 games.
The statistics tell the story - Inter have scored just six goals in their last eight home games and have found the net a miserly five times in 2014.
Mazzarri has publicly admitted that Inter lack a world-class marksman and the absence has been keenly felt, especially with Diego Milito short of fitness.
According to Sportmediaset, Mazzarri has asked Thohir to deliver the signature of Edin Dzeko from Manchester City.
The Bosnian would seem to be the ideal man for Inter - a born goalscorer who knows how to find the net even when his side aren't on top form.
It is reported that taking Chelsea's Francesco Torres on loan is the second choice running neck-and-neck with Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata.
Mazzarri in the meantime will have to make do with what he has and knows that patience will start to run thin if Inter can't find a way past lowly Livorno this evening.
The goal scoring duties will fall to inconsistent young gun Mauro Icardi and Argentine compatriot Rodrigo Palacio.