Sharp-tongued and outspoken, Mancini can be prickly and, over the years, he has had his share of run-ins with other managers, most notably Fabio Capello. His enemies have also questioned his record in Serie A. As Juventus fans like to point out, “his first title was handed to him by a tribunal, his second came when Juventus were in Serie B and Milan had a points penalty [for their respective roles in the Calciopoli scandal] and he had to come from behind on the last day of the season to win his third.” Yet there is no denying that he succeeded in doing something that 15 managers before him had failed to do: deliver a title to the black-and-blue half of San Siro. And there is no question that his sides play modern, attacking football that is effective and entertaining.
Next up is Ian Herbert at the Indy, who is their MCFC expert. He is less enthusiastic about our new boss:
"Mancio" mirrors Hughes in some ways: reserved, softly spoken and a manager who has no desire to cultivate a relationship with the press. But he differs in his relationship with players and is seen as a manager who wants to be close to his players. It was part of Hughes's tough culture that he was not willing to mollycoddle his multimillionaire stars.
Neither are there signs from Mancini's eight-year coaching career that he is as keen on developing youth players as Hughes. Only when Jose Mourinho succeeded him did youngsters like Mario Balotelli and Davide Santon flourish. The future looks a very different place for City.
Kevin Buckley writes more about his bad relationship with the press in the Guardian:
Despite winning the coveted Serie A scudetto three times on the trot in his four seasons at Internazionale, his early reticence with the Italian media quickly degenerated into spikiness and culminated in a furious post-match slanging match on live television when he exchanged insults with a pundit who criticised Mancini's churlish monosyllabic responses. It was the astonishing outburst in March 2008, after seeing his lauded Inter side lose 3-0 on aggregate to Liverpool in the first knockout round of the Champions League, that sealed his fate as Inter's coach.
There will be more about him in the coming days, I'm sure. And I'll write about it then.