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Why Oh Why Has Mancini Recruited David Platt?

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has recruited his former team-mate David Platt who, as from 1st July 2010 became City's first-team coach.

Chadderton-born Platt, who began his career at Manchester United and is known to have been a fan of the Old Trafford club told the official MCFC website...

'Obviously Roberto was a major factor in me coming here - I've known him for 16 years and he was instrumental in taking me to Sampdoria.'

'When the phone call came it wasn't a difficult decision - I'm joining a club with great resources, a good strategy and good project to really challenge for things, coupled with a manager who I've got a great deal of respect for.'

Platt, 44, who has been out of football since losing his job as England Under-21 boss in 2004 continued...

'I had an opportunity to go back into management at a lower level and you think long and hard. But when you're at big games the adrenalin kicks in, you want to be a part of it.'

Platt, who had a nightmare as Nottingham Forest's player-manager between 1999 and 2001 finished off by saying...

'For me it's a different role now - as a manager, the buck stopped with me. I have an opinion and I'm quite happy to voice it, but Roberto makes the decisions here.'

'We had one or two rows when we played... hopefully we won't be having them this time!'

Teams managed

Sampdoria - 1998 - '99
A controversial stint at the former Italian giants ended after only a few months at the helm following other clubs protesting that Platt did not have the appropriate coaching qualifications for managing in Serie A. Platt resigned before Sampdoria were relegated to Serie B.

Nottingham Forest - 1999 - 2001 (player manager)
He was manager at the City Ground for two seasons, but had little success despite spending several million pounds on players who did not perform well and in doing so plunged the club into debt.

Platt's tenure at Forest was marred by disagreements with several experienced, long-serving players, leading to them being isolated from the first-team picture and subsequently released by the club.

He is still hugely unpopular with many Forest fans who blame him for the club's decline on and off the field during the 2000s, which culminated in relegation to the League One.

England U21 - 2001 - 2004
Platt was appointed manager of the England U21 in July 2001 and during his stint managed to guide the team into the 2002 European championships, but two-years later the team failed miserably to qualify for the next major international competition.

Jobs for the boys?

Oh why oh why has Roberto Mancini recruited David Platt?

England video clip

A brief clip of when David Platt played for England.

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 4 2010

Time: 10:32AM

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I've got no particular affinity for Platt (apart from 'that' goal of course) but I don't really understand the high velocity negative spin on this blog. If we trust Mancini to choose players why not allow him the same liberty with his choice of staff? Everyone will agree that Platts managerial record isn't particularly good (although I vaguely recall he was doing OK at Sampdoria until the row over his 25m breaststorke certificate or whatever it was he didn't have). I'm happy to keep watching and smiling and see how the 'project' turns out. Not looking too bad so far :)
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04/07/2010 11:01:00

What's wrong with having Platt on the team? Trust your manager.
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04/07/2010 11:16:00

tublu - good post and I am with you on this - you have to trust Mancini to get the staff he wants and the ex-Rag stuff is a load of nonsense. We wouldn't have had Shaun Goater on that basis!!
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04/07/2010 11:17:00

Any manager should be able to build his own team, Sparky did this during his tenure. Today in football this is normal, who Platt played for in the past, is exactly that, in the past and does not matter. What does matter is can he do the job, well that's up to Mancini and others to decide.
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04/07/2010 11:43:00

His rag past, known dislike of our club (constant sniping at us virtually every time he commentates on anything to do with CIty anyone?) and his dismal record in management all go some way to me agreeing with the sentiments of this article. I'll be scratching my head over this appointment for quite a while. Some people have likened this to the appointment of former Rag Brian Kidd, but at least he has an affinity for the club having played for us, whereas Platt has none whatsoever.
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04/07/2010 11:48:00

Give the guy a break and see what he can do. Mancini has been criticised for his training methods or so we have been led to believe. So he brings in a "Manc" who he knows and trusts as a deputy who can possibly interface with the players. We all know what Platt is like but it makes sense to me. If he is no good or doesn't perform he is for the exit door, they will be others queuing to join.
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04/07/2010 13:39:00

Point well put Paul. Oh and welcome to Vital Manchester City.
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04/07/2010 13:49:00

I look at it this way - one less pundit slagging City off in the media. We are slowly recruiting them all and cloning Lee Dixon to replace them.
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04/07/2010 14:10:00

Like your thinking eightsin. Can we buy off all the journos out there and replace them with clones of Martin Samuel as well?
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04/07/2010 14:45:00

I agree with the detractors. Whenever Platt has commentated on a City game he never says anything positive about the club as if he has a personal agenda & deliberately tries to wind City fans up, and he hasn't held a coaching job since 2004, so either no-one in football rates him as a coach, or he lacks hunger for the role.
Ghost of 76
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04/07/2010 16:09:00

To coin a phrase from the deceased John Martyn this appointment at first sight was a "sweet little mystery" but there will be some substance to it, if only for the fact that Platt can speak italiano. He was always a player you didn't like to see playing against you because he was strong and dangerous and always likely to score. Carols Tevez performs that role impeccably but does anyone else? Enter Platt to help generate that steeliness up top and increase the determination to put the ball in the back of the net. At the ned of the day that is hwat the game is about. . beating the opposition. This close season is quite interesting. We're linked with everyone under the sun except the daleks and gradually the targets are tuning-in their satnavs. It will be interesting to see who heads in other directions.
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04/07/2010 19:27:00

Time will tell for now lets give him a chance.
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04/07/2010 23:10:00


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