The class of Mancio

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Roberto Mancini and Inter were two things linked by destiny, firstly coming across each other during the formerā€™s career as player. Mancini was a hugely talented No.10 and nearly joined the Nerazzurri on two separate occasions. This gap was then filled during his career as a coach. Roberto Mancini and Massimo Moratti were two parties who always had maximum respect for each other, as was demonstrated prior to his appointment at the club, when he boosted his chances by sending a gift.

The President received a package containing an old, woollen Nerazzurri shirt and a Scudetto badge stitched to it. ā€œOnly together can we conquer it once againā€, said an inscribed message, which subsequently helped Roberto get the job. Massimo Moratti decided to appoint Mancio, handing him the challenge of bringing back the league title to the Black and Blue half of Milan. Roberto Mancini duly responded and secured the Scudetto on three occasions. He also became a style icon for the way in which he wore a tied Nerazzurri scarf in a particular manner, something which was soon imitated by many supporters.

A lot of people call the club Inter, but I prefer Internazionale. It is a name and an objective.

He helped the club triumph in some of the greatest matches in their history, an example being the 4-3 away victory over Milan back in October 2006, which was one of the most exciting derbies ever played. Having scored the goal to make it 2-0, Dejan Stankovic ran straight over to celebrate with the coach, demonstrating the strong bond that still existed following their days together at Lazio.

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini won two Italian league titles during his career, one with Sampdoria and the other with Lazio. He enjoyed two separate spells with Inter, from 2004-2008 and 2014-2016. With the club he won three Scudetti, two Coppa Italia trophies and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. Having taken charge of 303 matches, he is second only behind Helenio Herrera in terms of longest spells on the Nerazzurri bench.