Fabrizio Ravanelli or ‘The White Feather’ as he was known in his playing days, has revealed he would like to manage Middlesbrough one day.
The formidable and enigmatic former Middlesbrough forward scored 31 goals in all competitions during the 96/97 season for Boro and helped them to two cup finals (scoring in one) and was also relegated in the same season with the Teesside club.
It has to be said that his time in England was not all plain sailing despite a dream debut scoring a hat-trick against Liverpool on the opening day of the season.
He gave then manager Bryan Robson and owner Steve Gibson plenty of problems, quoted by press criticising the club’s training ground and the Teesside area.
He was also reported to have fallen out with team mate Neil Cox on the morning of the cup final against Chelsea and went off injured after 24 minutes having declared himself fit.
That was 20 years ago and Ravanelli now insists that he follows Middlesbrough very closely and watches their games.
“I hope that Middlesbrough will return to the Premier League this season. I hope they win the league or at least get promoted via the play-offs,” Ravanelli told The Sun.
“I always follow Middlesbrough — every season. I always watch the match. I’ve noticed they don’t concede many, while they haven’t scored too many.
He added that he felt the club and chairman deserve to be promoted and showed he has noticed how they now play.
“They often play with a 4-2-3-1 formation and Karanka is building a great team.
“I really hope they can reach their objective of achieving promotion back to the Premier League.
“The fans deserve it, the club deserves it and the chairman, Steve Gibson, deserves it.”
Managing French outfit AC Ajaccio since retiring, Ravanelli made no secret of his desire to return to Middlesbrough should the opportunity arise.
“I would love to manage Middlesbrough – if only the opportunity was there,” he said. “My dream is to return to Middlesbrough. It is club I really enjoyed playing at.
“It is a place I feel I am loved, where I really enjoyed a great season. And I would love to return to the club as manager — because I am convinced it would go well.”
With Karanka doing so well I’m sure not too many fans will be thinking of that but in the future is it something the Boro fans would entertain?