The name Gian Piero Gasperini returns to the football world, the last time the name was heard wasn’t really for the best reasons, but instead, a synonym of critics and insults.
For those who don’t remember, he was THAT Inter manager who was sacked with only five matches played thanks to his terrible results while on charge. Of those five games, he lost four; including Champions League fixtures, the Supercoppa Italiana vs rivals Milan and of course, Serie A encounters.
Inter president Massimo Moratti couldn’t be more embarrassed with such poor results and fired him after a scandalous 3-1 loss against a newly promoted team at the time, Novara. Gasperini left through the back door and his name wasn’t heard until these last few days, when he was appointed as Palermo manager, a team which he played in his footballing days and commends huge respect. He comes to replace Giuseppe Sannino, who achieved only one point with three Serie A matches played.
Gasperini’s career as a manager is not all nightmares, in fact, his move to Inter is the sore stain of a career filled up of great milestones. He managed Crotone in 2003, where he managed to promote the team to Serie B and maintained there position in his presence, and then, Genoa, oh sweet Genoa…
His move to the Rossoblu is what makes the name Gian Piero Gasperini ring a few bells on football pundits all around the world. He took charge, promoted them into Serie A in 2006, and Genoa all of a sudden, in 2008 became a team to fight for the Scudetto.
Gasperini was nothing without his Genoa, and Genoa was nothing without his Gasperini…when these two parted ways, they went downhill, both of them. Genoa became that team who fighted the Scudetto to the team who miraculously saved from not relegating into Serie B and Gasperini…we all know the story.
Gasperini became notorious in Genoa for his signings and his style of football, he brought players at the time, who funnily enough, play now at Inter, Diego Milito & Rodrigo Palacio. Thiago Motta passed through Gasperini’s football too, forming up, attractive football which even lead to bigger things, including Europa League participations and historic records.
In 2008-2009, Genoa reached 5th place in Serie A, the highest position ever reached in Genoa’s history, even Rossublu’s president, Enrico Preziosi, nicknamed Gasperini as “Gasperson”, claiming he was Genoa’s own Alex Ferguson.
Today, he must be somewhere around Palermo trying to get his name back. It’s amazing how one false move destroyed almost everything he had picked up so far- his debut on Sunday vs Atalanta, wasn’t the most encouraging thing to see for a Rossanero fan. They pushed through to win the game, but Atalanta stole the match with mere guts and desire, winning the match 1-0.
I think the players are there and his talent as a manager should be around too, but two things will be crucial for him if he wants to return- time and patience.
Hopefully when he goes full on as a Palermo manager, he could bring some players to reinforce his style of football, and get the name Gian Piero Gasperini back into the game as his old glory days in Genoa.
Written by Andres Hernandez
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