Fontana slams boss Mancini
Wednesday 11 May, 2005
Inter goalkeeper Alberto Fontana has launched a quite extraordinary verbal attack on Coach Roberto Mancini.
The reserve shot-stopper is set to leave the club in the summer but not before he made his feelings towards the tactician perfectly clear.
"If I hadn’t had been stopped by my teammates, I would have come to blows with him. I just can’t take it anymore," he told the QS newspaper.
"I already told him a few months ago, when he was attacking us goalkeepers about the goals we were letting in, that his Lazio side also conceded a sack full of goals.
"Therefore, maybe there was another problem that was linked with his style of play. That’s when our relationship ended, even if we never really had a relationship."
Fontana was actually promoted to the first team for a period earlier this season after Francesco Toldo’s difficulties.
But he was relegated back to the bench and is unlikely to feature again after today’s astonishing outburst.
"I was told that I had become ‘uncomfortable’ because I could create problems with my character," added the former Atalanta No 1.
"But Mancini didn’t tell me this. He hasn’t got the balls to do so even if he is paid to do such things.
"He is a spoilt child who is afraid of his own shadow and always needs help from others, notably (his assistant Fernando) Orsi.
"Mancini was a phenomenon as a player but he is worth nothing as a man.
"After all, there must have been a motive if during his playing days everybody loved Roberto Baggio whereas Mancini was hated."
The Italian added that he believed former Nerazzurri boss Hector Cuper was a much better man manager.
"Cuper on the other hand was a great, a real man," noted the player nicknamed ‘Jimmy’.
"If he asked me to be the fifth choice ‘keeper then I would. If Majorca survive relegation in La Liga then I could go and join him there."
Inter are expected to take disciplinary action against the player for giving an "unauthorised" interview.
This does not sound like good news from the Inter dressing room.