Roberto Mancini is back at Inter Milan, but is he the right man to transform their fortunes?
The Italian succeeds Walter Mazzarri with the Serie A giants ninth in the table, and will be looking to replicate the success of his first spell where he guided them to four consecutive Scudettos between the years of 2005 and 2008.
However, with the likes of Juventus and Roma breaking away at the summit, qualifying for the Champions League is the target this time around and may be the only way he keeps his job this time around.
Prior to Mazzarri’s sacking there had been talk of former Manchester United manager David Moyes coming in to stop the rot.
However the Scot was announced as the new manager of La Liga outfit Real Sociedad on Wednesday, leaving Mancini as the leading candidate for the job.
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The ex-Manchester City and Galatasary manager has been out of work since leaving the Turkish giants back in June, and had also been linked with the managerial position at Napoli with Rafael Benitez under pressure.
Yet it is Milan where his heart lies and despite being bitter about being succeeded by Jose Mourinho back in the summer of 2008 will be the man charged with restoring the club to the dizzying heights of old.
Despite boasting a reputation as a maverick Mancini is a manager heavily decorated from his time in the game.
Whilst at City he helped end their agonising wait for a trophy by delivering the FA Cup in May 2011, before dethroning fierce rivals Manchester United a year later in the most dramatic circumstances to win the Premier League.
However, much like his successor Manuel Pellegrini, his reputation is questionable when it comes to the transfer market.
He brought the likes of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and David Silva to the club but as United rebuilt with the signing of Robin Van Persie his position came under increasing scrutiny.
Maicon, Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell were all purchased but failed to prevent their rivals from regaining their title in emphatic style as they finished the season empty-handed for the first time in three years.
There were also ugly disputes with Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri during his time in England, but after also falling short at Galatasary will return to Italy with a point to prove.
Whatever points can be made over his rapport with players Mancini is a serial winner whose knowledge of the club should see them through a sticky situation. Summer signings Nemanja Vidic and Dani Osvaldo are yet to settle, but could shine in the absence of Mazzarri in order to save their futures at the club.
The club needs him and he needs the club. With that mentality the relationship of old could see them blossom and shine as a result.
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