Roberto Mancini has been announced as the new manager of Serie A giants Inter Milan.
The Italian replaces Walter Mazzarri after his compatriot was sacked following a sluggish start to the season that has seen them languishing in ninth in the table, 12 points behind league leaders and defending champions Juventus.
Mancini has been out of work since leaving Turkish side Galatasary back in June and will be hungry to succeed after leading the Nerazzurri to three consecutive Scudetto’s between 2005 and 2008.
Mazzarri can have few complaints with the club’s decision to wield the axe after a turbulent spell at the helm.
He was given big funds to bolster the squad in the summer, with ex-Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic the star arrival, but despite the heavy investment the gap between them and the likes of Juventus and Roma is clear for all to see.
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Dani Osvaldo was another big name signing after forging himself a reputation as one of Italy’s most prolific marksmen, but his nightmare spell in England with Southampton looks to have jaded him and weakened his powers.
The season had started promisingly enough, but thumping’s dished out by Cagliari, Fiorentina and Parma had piled the pressure on a struggling Mazzarri who now faces unemployment knowing he has blown his chance at one of the finest clubs in the country.
Mancini the magician
Mancini left the club back in 2009 having failed to guide them to Champions League glory, but merely securing qualification for Europe’s biggest competition would see him keep his job this time around.
Jose Mourinho went on to achieve what his predecessor never could but the club’s decline have led to the club hierarchy to call on a friendly face to stop the rot.
The 49-year-old was a huge success during his first spell in Milan, and oversaw a period of domestic dominance that saw them sweep all before them with the goals of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic particularly to the fore.
His spell in England with Manchester City was bittersweet, with his failure on the European stage leading to his exit in 2013 despite delivering both the FA Cup and Premier League in 2011 and 2012.
Money afforded to him at previous clubs may not be provided this time around, but the Italian has the capabilities to restore the club to the dizzying positions of old.
Breaking Juventus’ stranglehold at the summit of Italian football is an immensely difficult task but one that could be achieved if he quickly builds a positive rapport with the players at his disposal.
The job provides Mancini with the chance to silent his doubters and see his reputation rebuilt. Failure to deliver glory and it may be tarnished beyond all repair.