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Former Boro favourite Ravanelli targets return to England as manager

Date Posted,June 2, 2017

Fabrizio Ravanelli wants to become Middlesbrough’s next manager and has asked chairman Steve Gibson to call him.

Gibson has yet to decide who will be in charge at the Riverside next season following Middlesbrough’s relegation from the Premier League.

Steve Agnew, who was appointed interim head coach after Aitor Karanka’s departure in March, has held discussions with Gibson about next season but speculation persists that Garry Monk or Nigel Pearson could be appointed.

But former Boro favourite Ravanelli believes he is the man to lead what he says has the potential to be a top-10 club in England.

The Italian promotes the Coco-Cola Cup in 1997 (Photo: Teesside Archive)

“I was very disappointed to see Middlesbrough relegated, for the club, for the fans, for everybody,” Ravanelli said.

“But now it is important to start again. The club must show a lot of ambition because Middlesbrough has the potential to finish in the top 10 of the Premier League.

“I would love the opportunity to arrive for me to get the manager’s job at Middlesbrough.

“If Steve Gibson called me, no problem. That would be good.

“The Championship is a good league with a lot of quality teams.”

Ravanelli was a huge hit on Teesside after his shock move from then-European champions Juventus in July 1996.

He only lasted five months in his first senior management role with Ajaccio (Photo: Getty)

The Italy striker scored 33 goals in 52 games as Boro reached the League Cup and FA Cup finals at Wembley, but the club’s relegation from the top flight saw him join Marseille in September 1997.

“Middlesbrough is in my heart every day,” Ravanelli said.

“It was a great experience in England, especially as I was one of the first Italians to play in the Premier League.

Ravanelli was a hit at Middlesbrough after his shock move from Juventus (Photo: Daily Mirror)

“I love the Middlesbrough fans, they are fantastic, and I hope one day it is special for me there again.”

Ravanelli started his coaching career with the Juventus youth team and spent two years at his former club.

He left Juventus in 2013 to take over at French outfit Ajaccio, but he lasted only five months and was sacked with the Corsican club second from bottom in Ligue 1.

He made a mark in his short time at the club before their relegation (Photo: Daily Mirror)

“I had to leave early, but I enjoyed my experience in Ajaccio,” Ravanelli said.

“I want to start coaching again and I don’t want the mistake of making the wrong choice.

“This is the start of a new career for me and I hope to have the possibility in July before the new season. So why not Middlesbrough?”

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