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    Ausilio would somehow get those cigarettes on loan.
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    Watch Ausilio resign and join Milan instead
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    Quote Originally Posted by firmino View Post
    there was a funny joke this mornign on the gazzetta.

    Sabatini: "I will tell you Ausilio's future as soon as he comes back from buying me the pack of cigarettes"
    Ausilio comes back with nicotine patches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dylan View Post
    Ausilio comes back with nicotine patches.
    Good guy Ausilio
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    Sabatini already bossing the Jiangsu staff around...time to come to Appiano as well and make some discipline as well
    Dude has a Milano time watch and one for China?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNetworkZ View Post
    Not a fan of him doing double duty tbh
    So they said about Jorah.

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    Interesting acquisition.

    Have always been fond of cigarette smoking personnel in football. Last time we had one was Cuper and he was a boss. Sabatini looks like one, and he is indeed one.

    Iain Glen will look like Sabatini in 10 years. Glen doesn't look that old for a man in his 50s though.

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    Why is he in Players & Coaches section?
    As far as i'm concerned hes not even part of Inter staff/management?! I still havent read anything official about Inter.
    Yes, Jiangsu is not Inter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josi View Post
    Why is he in Players & Coaches section?
    As far as i'm concerned hes not even part of Inter staff/management?! I still havent read anything official about Inter.
    Yes, Jiangsu is not Inter.
    1) Ausilio is in the players & coaches section, there is precedent
    2) The press release said he will oversee both Inter and Jiangsu

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    Last week, Inter experienced a small revolution. In addition to the dismissal of coach Stefano Pioli, the club's proprietary group, Suning, announced the arrival of Walter Sabatini to hold a position of technical coordination. The new contractor will work in the football departments of the two teams managed by the Chinese: Jiangsu and also Inter's own, in partnership with Piero Ausilio, sports director who renewed until 2020. Those who are very connected with the behind the scenes of Serie A already know well the trajectory and merits of Sabatini; those who do not have the slightest idea of who he is will be able to know more from now on.

    Walter Sabatini was born in Marsciano, Umbria, and began his career as a player in Perugia, the largest team in the region. Winger from the right, Sabatini helped the Grifoni reach the Serie A for the first time in the mid-1970s: in the campaign, he stood out as one of the revelations of the country and, after playing in Varese, ended up hired by Roma. He came to dispute position with Bruno Conti, but never had his head and his physique in the right place: he trained badly, go injured too much and never established himself. He left the Eternal City after a season and ran for a number of clubs - including Palermo, Vicenza, Venezia, Parma and a return to Perugia - until retiring at the age of 29.

    Outside the field, Sabatini eventually gained a position as a youth contributor in Perugia in 1986. After training all the teams in the juvenile categories and discovering Gennaro Gattuso, he was elevated to the position of supervisor of the sector and assistant coach of the main team, four years later. He would leave Umbria in 1992 to take a bigger step: alongside former side Giuseppe Dossena, the three-time world champion for Italy, would lead the formation of new stars in Lazio. In the management of the pair, the two main names revealed were Alessandro Nesta and Marco Di Vaio.

    From 1994, Walter Sabatini's career entered a moment of identity crisis: he became sports director of Triestina, but a year later was to be, without success, a coach of Gubbio, who disputed the regional division of Umbria. He ended up taking a sabbatical and only returned in 1998, in Arezzo, of the third Italian division. In 2000, however, the manager ended up receiving from the Italian Football Federation - FIGC a suspension of five years of the sport, due to irregularities committed while working in the juvenile divisions.

    Strangely enough, sabbatical and suspension seem to have done him well: he recycled himself, studying, and developing new methods in athlete observation. In the same year he was suspended by FIGC, Sabatini began to collaborate informally with Perugia and the controversial leader Luciano Gaucci - with whom he had disagreed in 1992.

    Gaucci became famous for making enough signings based on marketing and obscure footballing markets. In their management, the biancorossi hired the Japanese Hidetoshi Nakata, the Chinese Ma Mingyu, the South Korean Ahn Jung-Hwan, the Iranian Ali Samereh and a great deal of players coming from South America, Africa and smaller centers of Europe. With an extensive database and scouts around the world, Sabatini had the opportunity to start, on a larger scale, what would be his specialty: to assemble squads from zero (annually), to discover talents and to sign players with high potential and resale them for astronomical values. To do this, he put into action features like creativity, good networking behind the scenes and an above-average intuition.

    In Perugia, for the constant rows with Gaucci - with whom he would break again in 2004 -, the project did not work. The leader would begin to gain notoriety after returning to Lazio, at the invitation of newly elected President Claudio Lotito, even before the end of his suspension period. Sabatini stayed in the Eternal City from 2004 to 2008, building the squad that managed to qualify to the Champions League in 2007. In the period, he invested in players like Aleksandar Kolarov, Valon Behrami, Fernando Muslera, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Modibo Diakité, Stefan Radu and Libor Kozák.

    Upon leaving Lazio, Sabatini worked with President Maurizio Zamparini's Palermo - of temperament and business model very similar to those of Gaucci. He arrived to replace Rino Foschi, the sporting director who stayed in the club between 2002 and 2008, gaining popularity by having hit the target setting up the roster who rose to Serie A and qualified for the Uefa Cup three times. Just to name a few hired by Foschi: the Italian four times world champions Simone Barone, Andrea Barzagli, Fabio Grosso, Cristian Zaccardo and Luca Toni and the Uruguayan Edinson Cavani.

    Sabatini stayed in Sicily for just over two years, until he resigned for personal reasons in November 2010. However, the "wizard of the market" replaced Foschi to the point and set up very competitive squads: in 2009-10, Palermo held the best season of it’s history and, in the following campaign, would be runner-up of Coppa Italia. During his time, players like Afriyie Acquah, Armin Bačinovič, Abel Hernández, Josip Iličič, Pajtim Kasami, Javier Pastore, Matteo Darmian and Ezequiel Muńoz were hired. Year after year, the club needed to reassemble its team due to sales of some athletes, and Sabatini was responsible for doing so.

    After a few months out of a job, Sabatini was the name chosen to play a new project in Rome newly acquired by Italian-American entrepreneurs. The Giallorossi had been unsuccessful since the club moved from the hands of the Sensi family to the group of Thomas DiBenedetto and James Pallotta and Walter was chosen to put out the fire in 2011. In his five seasons he had success, even though the Roman team has not won titles: he set up competitive squads and established the team as the country's second force, behind Juventus.

    In Rome, more than in other works, Sabatini was praised for not choosing the obvious routes. Not by chance, three of the four coaches of his management were Luis Enrique, Zdenek Zeman (raised to the big stages of Italian football after making the Pescara enchant in Serie B) and Rudi Garcia. In terms of players, he looked for Marquinhos, Miralem Pjanic, Mehdi Benatia, Radja Nainggolan, Kevin Strootman, Kostas Manolas, Erik Lamela, Mohamed Salah and Stephan El Shaarawy, putting some in evidence or re-releasing them after turbulent periods in their careers. Some of them, like Marquinhos, Pjanic, Benatia and Lamela, were negotiated to weight of gold and yielded many dividends to the union.

    Of course, not all of the hirings he made worked out. "there were times when I hired, I don’t know, Ivan Piris, who had no business playing for Roma. Or sold Lamela and I thought Juan Iturbe was more of a player," he confessed, in his last interview in the center of trainings of Trigoria, in October of 2016. His departure basically meant the club wanted to potentially diminish the margin of error in hirings.

    Pallotta, president of the club, wanted an observation structure based strictly on statistics, while Sabatini does not hide that he prefers to rely more on his intuition. "For the president, football is like a company, and not to me. Despite the respect, it was clear that we had a conflict about how we work," he said. The departure was in common agreement and friendly and Pallotta even made a joke, disclosed by the giallorossi social networks: "I thank you for everything you did for Rome, but ... please stop smoking."

    Dropping the cigarettes does not seem to be in the plans of Walter Sabatini, since it even asked the journalists to leave him to smake "half a cigarette" in his farewell of Rome, arguing that the nicotine calms him down. By accepting to work at Inter and trying to solve the chaotic scenario of the nerazzurro club, the manager knows that he has taken on an arduous and exasperating task. How many packets will it take to complete at least part of this mission?

    Source: http://www.quattrotratti.com/
    Extensive article on Sabatini's history and methods. All credit goes to the wonderful Brazilian website Quatrotratti. The English is far from perfect because of Google Translator, with small modifications to make it more comprehensible at some parts.

    It's intriguing when Walter himself confesses the same mind that can get Strootman can also hire Iturbe. Wonder how will that work in Inter, we have enough Iturbes in our squad already.


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    Nobody has 100% at scouting. But ironically, it was suppose to be Iturbe one of the sure things. One of the brightest talents in Serie A at Verona. And they paid over 20m for him. If I remembered correctly Juve and few other teams were after him.

    But anyway, Sabatini is one of the best in business at scouting talents and constructing a roster. If if we don't sell them easily (like Pjanic to Juve) we are on good hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrei View Post
    Nobody has 100% at scouting. But ironically, it was suppose to be Iturbe one of the sure things. One of the brightest talents in Serie A at Verona. And they paid over 20m for him. If I remembered correctly Juve and few other teams were after him.

    But anyway, Sabatini is one of the best in business at scouting talents and constructing a roster. If if we don't sell them easily (like Pjanic to Juve) we are on good hands.
    That wasn't even a sale; Juve met his release clause

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    Sabatini doesn't lack intellectual honesty for sure (and neither anecdotes).
    He even confessed some kind of "complacency in being unsuccessful"... basically the tragic vanity and pleasure of being a "successful loser".
    That could be very dangerous in a even more masochistic club than Roma, but at the same time he is a visionary madman and Inter is a paradox, so who knows what can come out of this combination.

    The most important thing is his role: if he really has the last word on every football matter on behalf of Uncle Zhang, there's a clear direction.


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    Not lucky with coaches at Roma but he had balls to risk. Zeman, Enrique and Luis Garcia are surprisingly attacking coaches for serie A, they football philosophies are demanding very technical players. He will need more time to implement that here because are roster is very physical.

    Just pick a right coach for a start.
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    Inter, Sabatini is working on the dressing room and societary problems

    "When you don't give your 100% during the training session, bad results will always follow". This is what Stefano Vecchi said to the press after Inter's home loss to Sassuolo. One of the main problems this season for Inter seems to be the lack of professionalism of certain players (on and off the pitch).

    According to Sky Sport, Walter Sabatini is evaluating the societary and the dressing room problems as he wants to bring some improvements. Sabatini would also like to add more discipline at Inter as whatever they have been doing up to now hasn't been working very well.

    Inter are currently 8th in the Italian Serie A as a Europa league spot seems very unlikely at this point in time. Milan currently hold the final EL qualification spot as they have a four point advantage on Inter Milan with two games to go. Fiorentina have now also leapfrogged Inter into seventh place in the Italian league standings.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Il Drago View Post
    Inter, Sabatini is working on the dressing room and societary problems

    "When you don't give your 100% during the training session, bad results will always follow". This is what Stefano Vecchi said to the press after Inter's home loss to Sassuolo. One of the main problems this season for Inter seems to be the lack of professionalism of certain players (on and off the pitch).

    According to Sky Sport, Walter Sabatini is evaluating the societary and the dressing room problems as he wants to bring some improvements. Sabatini would also like to add more discipline at Inter as whatever they have been doing up to now hasn't been working very well.

    Inter are currently 8th in the Italian Serie A as a Europa league spot seems very unlikely at this point in time. Milan currently hold the final EL qualification spot as they have a four point advantage on Inter Milan with two games to go. Fiorentina have now also leapfrogged Inter into seventh place in the Italian league standings.

    Smart man. I hope at season's end we will find out who all the troublemakers were. Honestly this should have happened year's ago but whatever.
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    What if the troublemakers are Icardi and Handa? And the good ones are Palacio, Naga

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    disciplinary problems are clearly the main issue. physical problems will be solved with summer work, he who wil be able to solve our dressing rooms problems deserves a statue.
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