Roberto Mancini has been reappointed as the manager of Inter Milan following the sacking of Walter Mazzarri. This is the second time the Italian manager takes the reign at Inter after spending five years in charge of the club between 2004 and 2008.
Walter Mazzarri’s 17-month spell with Inter came to an end on Friday following the teams slow start to the season. The giants of Milan having won just four of their first 11 Serie A games are currently sitting ninth in the league with 12 points behind leaders Juventus. Many thought the Milan derby which takes place on 23rd November might be the last match for the manager. However Inter president, Erick Thohir decided he had seen enough and sacked him.
The former Napoli manager received a mixed response from fans and pundits about his first season in charge of Inter, when he guided them back in to Europe. However, it was the Europa league which the club made into and not the coveted Champions league. With the slow start to the current season, the fans lost the faith in the manager and from then on it was just a matter of time before he was sacked. So not many would have been surprised to see him go, however Mancini’s shock return to the club for a second time has taken everyone by storm.
Roberto Mancini, during his first stint with Inter between 2004 and 2008, managed to win three Serie A titles. However he was questioned for his teams lack of success in the champions league and many believed the relegation of Juventus to the second division following the 2006 Calciopoli scandal, has helped Inter gaining the momentum in the league.
Mancini was sacked in 2008 by then president Massimo Moratti to make way for the incoming Jose Mourinho. Six months later Mancini replaced Mark Hughes at Manchester City and not only helped the club make into the champions league, but also won their first ever Barclays Premier League crown by becoming only the second Italian after Carlo Ancelotti to win the English title. He was sacked by the club in 2013 and Mancini spent last season at Galatasary and left the club this June.
However, Italian Serie A has changed since the last time the Italian was in charge of the Milan club. The club is not at the same level which he left behind, nor the players who are at his disposal. The team is severely lacking in confidence, hence achieving the task of guiding the team into top four is looking all the more difficult. The last time Inter managed to finish in the top four was in 2010-11 when they came runners up to AC Milan.
Besides, the style of play has changed and not many are pleased with the slow penetration at which Inter are playing currently. Unlike normal Italians who play three at the back, Mancini prefers playing two at the back with a flat four. So the formation is one more thing which he is got to rethink. If Inter are to return to the past glory, it is up to the former Manchester City manager to make the call on the issues which are surrounding the team.
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