Loads of former players and managers go and watch their old sides play football but Roberto Mancini was spotted watching Sampdoria following Manchester City’s defeat to Southampton over the weekend which is very interesting for several reasons.
Mancini used to play for Sampdoria but the revelation of this news is that the Italian side currently don’t have a permanent manager with Aurelio Andreazzoli in a Rafael Benitez style role until the end of the season.
Now, this could be purely innocent with Mancini wanting to get away from the high pressures of the Premier League for a day or two as he doesn’t have the Champions League to consider this week.
It could also be that he was scouting highly rated Mauro Icardi, a young Argentine on loan from Barcelona.
However, it may also be a clear sign that he was told something following the defeat to the Saints, maybe something along the lines of ‘you’ll be sacked at the end of the season if you don’t win the league’.
If that’s the case then the Italian coach may well have already started plotting his next move because he may personally think that City have no chance of securing the Premier League title.
He seems to have been cracking in recent weeks, first attacking the impending Premier League cost controls which will become universal across football and then laying into his players after the defeat at Southampton.
If he was effectively scouting Sampdoria it would offer Mancini a way back to Italy which seems to be something very close to his heart. He’s made a terrific effort to learn the English language but there’s no doubt he would find communication much easier at an Italian club.
He also seems like a coach who is always up for a challenge. The first he faced was the magnitude of guiding City to their first Premier League title and this challenge would be denting the dominance of Inter, Milan and Juventus in the Italian game.
Bear in mind that Sampdoria are also a club that David Platt, Mancini’s number two at City, used to play for. Will he take Platt with him? It’s more than likely.
City fans, we’d love to hear your views on this.