Roberto Mancini is used to confounding the critics. They said Sampdoria could never win the
Scudetto but he teamed up with Gianluca Vialli to prove them wrong. Then his own Serie A colleagues
questioned his coaching credentials so he delivered silverware with every single team under his
control. And now, in the most dramatic fashion, he has silenced those who thought he was not.
Since he no longer plies his trade on the Italian peninsula, Serie A Weekly turned to Jack
Pitt-Brooke who writes for UK newspaper The Independent and is a huge Manchester City fan for an
update on the striker and how fans of the Premier League club feel about 'Super Mario'. Here's what
he had to say For all the magic of David Silva, the excellence of Vincent.
Â Who would have thought the day would come whenÂ we wouldÂ Paolo Di CanioÂ in management? I
didn't but it did happen as on May 20th2011 he agreed a deal to be the manager of recently
relegated side Swindon Town and May 23rd he was presented to the press, aÂ fashionable 40 minutes
late to his own press conference.
Sinewy strong, athletically blessed and technically gifted Mario Balotelli is the identikit
football for the modern game. Yet for every attribute bestowed upon the 6'3" Italian, he is cursed
by a propensity for self destruction and dogged by an inane ability to court controversy. Here,
Serie A Weekly examines the many complexities of â€˜Super Mario'.
In the space of just a few fateful days, Manchester City have exited the Europa League and seen
their Premiership pipe dream doubted. Relative to the huge investment made by Sheik Mansour,
there's inevitable conjecture about Roberto Mancini's Eastlands future, but what does Serie A
Weekly make of the Italian's time in England unmitigated failure or not?
Tifosi, pundits and bookmakers have it allÂ figured out. Roman Abramovich will dispense with Carlo
Ancelotti following Chelsea's â€˜annus horribilis'. Jose Mourinho, disenchanted with Madrid's
political machinations will return to Stamford Bridge; with Carlo free to fulfil his often
discussed dream of managing AS Roma.
After another week without a win for Manchester City, will Mancini be the next Premier League
manager out the door? The Italian manager's team drew against City rivals, Manchester United,
midweek and then proceeded to draw again at the weekend against Birmingham City. Both matches
happened on the Citizens home pitch, which places additional concern over Mancini's match decisions
Exports from Serie A maybe few and far between but the ripples made by those who ply their trade
away from home is certainly felt back on the peninsula â€“ maybe not always for the right reasons,
but nonetheless, Italians made their presence known across Europe. As last season's Premiership
campaign started, all eyes were on Manchester City as Roberto Mancini sought to garner glory from
Gazzetta dello Sport Much desire to sign Mexes at AC Milan Juve make a pact Del Piero certain 'Will
not end like last season' Barzagli and Forlan are Juventus' primary objectives Totti makes peace
with Roma 'I am sad at Trigoria' Ranocchia debut against Genoa Corriere dello Sport Milan: Van
Bommel midfielder is leaving.