Former Manchester City boss, Roberto Mancini, has made a sensational ‘come-and-get-me’ plea to the Arsenal board by declaring he has always had a long desire to manage Arsenal.
The Italian, who turned 50 yesterday (27th), returned to Serie A side Inter Milan this summer after an uneventful spell with Galatasaray last season but has not minced words in stating his desire to manage the Gunners.
Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, per the Metro, Mancini, on his preferred league, said:
“Now I would say the Premier League, but 10 years ago I would have answered Serie A”
“I always wanted to coach Arsenal, and who knows, there is still time.”
This would come as quite a shocking revelation to most gooners seeing a man who was once the manager of a major rival come out openly to ‘apply’ for the job.
Mancini oversaw a five-year managerial period at the Etihad between 2009 and 2013, guiding City to their first ever Premier League trophy in 2012 after having helped them with the FA Cup the previous year. A failure to defend the title successfully in 2013, coupled with dissensions within his squad eventually led to him being fired in favour of Manuel Pellegrini. Mancini has since gone on a short spell in Turkey but has now returned to the place where he has enjoyed the most success in his managerial career, having won three consecutive Scudettos with Inter between 2004 and 2008.
Giving his credentials, it cannot be argued that Mancini would qualify to coach the Gunners as he has a good enough impressive record of doing well in every single club he has been able to manage, even as a young 35-year old at financially stricken Fiorentina, winning the Copa di Italia in his first season after retirement as a player. Similar success also followed for him at Lazio before Inter came calling.
Where the question marks will hang will be in his inability to make any significant impact in the Champions League with any of his clubs – a trophy which has continued to elude Arsenal and Wenger since coming so close in 2006. Mancini was unable to guide Inter beyond the quarter-finals of in his first reign there, while being successively ousted in the group stages with Manchester City.
The second point will obviously be his player management as his overheated bust-ups with Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli was always in the public view. His style of player criticism is slightly in contrast with Wenger’s preferred mode of keeping the blames in the dressing room, as against spilling it in front of the Sky cameras.
That said, he still stands a chance of being considered, especially as he has shown a longing for it. With everyone’s favourite Jurgen Klopp not so sure where he wants to be and the likes of Ancelotti and Guardiola still glued to their plum jobs, we might as well be looking at a manager who has a good record as a winner, with 14 years difference in age from Wenger.
But of course, Wenger would have to step down first.
There is still time?
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