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Roberto Mancini, our new manager, has yet to deliver a win. Infact, we only have 1 point from 9 under him. I think most of the complaints Iíve seen against him so far, in fairness, come from before he was appointed, rather than people who have already flippantly changed their minds after just a few weeks of the RM-2 revolution (yes, I coined that phrase, Iím sticking to it).
The first issue to address Ė is this a fair question to even pose? I donít want to get into a discussion of Roberto Mancini as a tactician Ė Iíve already covered this in a previous article (see the bottom of the page) Ė and those who were against Roberto Mancini before his appointment are understandably still against him.
Typically our manager appointments have come with spells of (albeit brief) success. Look at Stramaccioni at the start of his first full season. Look at Ranieri taking over for Gasperini. Look at Leonardo, even Benitez (without cheating) did well at first?
We have not been fortunate enough to have the same start under Roberto Mancini. A draw with Milan, a loss to Roma (whilst the result was fair, it would have been nice to see more passion in the game itself Ė but then, as a counter argument, what can we expect for only a few dayís training?), and perhaps a loss against Udinese that some people justifiably think was poor. Udinese have an extremely poor away record this season, and it should well have been a case where Inter picked up some points.
But when you put it like that Ė a single unexpected loss Ė is it really fair to start to criticise Roberto Mancini, and if not, when would it be? The annoying thing about this season is that we had a few of our easier games already Ė games against Torino, recently promoted Palermo, obviously Parma, Cagliari, and Verona all spring to mind Ė leaving Roberto Mancini Chievo, Lazio, Juventus, Genoa and Empoli for the tail to mid-Jan (currently 16th, 6th, 1st, 3rd and 13th respectively). That being said, I would really hope to pick up 9 points of the 15 on offer there Ė which would require a big result against Lazio, Juventus or Genoa Ė which might be beyond our scope.
Letís also not forget the transition from 3 at the back to the more traditional 4 at the back. We still need to find our best centre-back pairing, and it will be very interesting to see what happens in January (and indeed if we back Roberto Manciniís plans with money, or at least new players).
We should be careful about being too critical on a manager who has clearly inherited a very bad situation, but at the same time, we do also need to realise this with the fact that we are in a competitive environment and ultimately there are no excuses for failure. It will be interesting to see how much patience Inter fans have for Roberto Mancini, especially when we consider the great things he did at Inter last time he was here, and whether that buys him any favour or not.