'Born winner Mancini will take Inter back to Champions League'

The club’s CEO, Michael Bolingbroke, is convinced that the coach he watched succeed with Manchester City will be able to restore pride at San Siro


Roberto Mancini is a born winner who will guide Inter back to the Champions League, according to club CEO Michael Bolingbroke.

Following Walter Mazzarri’s sacking as San Siro coach in November, Mancini was brought back to the club he won numerous trophies for prior to his stint with Manchester City.

The Nerazzurri bagged their first Serie A win since Mancini’s return on Monday, triumphing 2-0 at Chievo, however they remain 11th in the table with 15 games played.

But Bolingbroke, who has been Inter’s CEO since this summer, is convinced that a top-three finish is a realistic aim with the coach he worked opposite during his years in charge at Manchester United when Mancini was at the Etihad Stadium.

“Why can’t we return to the Champions League this year?” he said when asked if that was a goal for Inter by La Gazzetta dello Sport. “There are two paths: we can finish third in Serie A or win the Europa League.

“Mancini is a born winner. I’m not talking just about his Inter past, but also about the things he did with Manchester City.

“I was at Manchester United and I was able to witness how he transformed the mentality of that team. City were a like mid-table club and he led them to victory.”

Bolingbroke explained why he ditched Manchester United to join Erick Thohir’s Nerazzurri boardroom ranks, explaining the appeal of the prestigious club and his ambitions to see it return to the upper European echelons.

“For me Inter are a Champions League club, even if they haven’t been playing there for a few years, because like all football brands they have an appeal which permeates time,” he added.

“When you think about Inter, you still think of them as a great club. And what I want is for this club to return to the Champions League – not just for a year but for a long time, with stability.”

Inter face one final Serie A clash in 2014 – a home clash with third-placed Lazio – before a winter break which will see them rest from competitive football until January 6.

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