Friday January 5 2018
Dear Urbano Cairo...

Earlier this season, Rob Gillman threw his hat into the ring for the Torino job, and he can't believe he's been overlooked in favour of Walter Mazzarri...

Urbano Cairo
Torino FC
Via Dell'Arcivescovado 1

Dear Mr Cairo,

I am writing this letter to officially express my disappointment in not being considered for the role of Torino FC head Coach following the departure of Siniša Mihajlović. Given my 100 per cent record in job interviews, I feel that given the opportunity of an interview, it would have proved impossible to not give me the job, especially in light of my further achievements which I will now inform you of.

In my earlier correspondence in October, I discussed the numerous accolades that I had won with Torino on the computer game Football Manager 2014. I now realise this was an error in judgement. With this game being four years old, you may have, perhaps correctly, worried whether I would be able to achieve success with the current Torino squad – without the likes of Kamil Glik, Giuseppe Vives and Ciro Immobile to rely upon.

However, I am pleased to inform you, that in the most recent incarnation of the game, Football Manager 2018, I was able finish above rivals Juventus as I achieved an impressive 4th place finish in my first season with the Granata and therefore qualify for the Champions League.

Unfortunately, after the decision of virtual Urbano Cairo - don’t worry I am not blaming you for this - to sell Andrea Belotti to Chelsea in the summer - without consulting me - we have not been able to replicate this success and are currently struggling in mid-table in my second season. In hindsight, the acquisition of the enigmatic Mario Balotelli to replace Belotti may not have been my smartest manoeuvre. However, I have learned from this, and am optimistic that I can still improve our fortunes and go on to further success.

The appointment of Walter Mazzarri as Torino Coach proved to be a somewhat ironic twist, as I had planned to hire Mazzarri’s former interpreter Lorenzo Libutti to assist me in my role as Coach, as my grasp of the Italian language is not yet at the desired level.  I had been impressed my Libutti’s work in assisting Mazzarri whilst in England at Watford, especially as it often provided many inadvertently hilarious moments during usually mundane post-match interviews on Match of the Day.

Mr Mazzarri may have won the Coppa Italia with Napoli in "real life", but just ask Inter or Watford fans how they felt having him in charge of their clubs. I, by contrast, have great approval ratings from the Torino fans - and I don't use 3-5-2 dogmatically.

Despite my disappointment, I hope that given the change in management you will open the chequebook and improve the squad, to give the new Coach the best possible chance in qualifying for Europe. Torino fans have still not forgotten the time when, on the final day of the transfer window, you replaced Alessio Cerci with a thirty-four year old Amauri – so I am pretty sure you still owe us.

To Mr Mazzarri, I wish you the very best of luck in your new role. Torino are one of the greatest clubs in Italian football with a history that should never be forgotten.

In addition to this, I believe the Granata supporters are truly unique – a fact that I was once again reminded of following the derby with Juventus in September. Despite a 4-0 defeat by our most fierce rivals, the Torino players were given a standing ovation after the match; with the supporters still appreciative of their efforts. I am not sure of many other supporters who would react in this manner in similar circumstances.

Forza Toro

Rob Gillman (aka @TorinoBlogger) FVCG

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Have your say...
Mazzarri is mooted to be on the verge of signing 2 interesting players..........
Well, well, well!
Good, steady choice by Cairo in this predicament.
on the 13th January, 2018 at 5:27pm
The Watford experience was blighted by the fact that Walter was hopeless in English, otherwise he'd have done a lot better. With the Toro he should do better as he has a good squad that can only improve. It all depends, probably, on the circumstances, and if he can bring in a couple of good players now, the draws could become victories. He doesn't need to spend big, a couple of "inspired" loan players could do the trick for him.He might even resurrect Rincon to his former glory days (Genoa+Juve)
on the 7th January, 2018 at 6:06am
Hell, I won the Champions League with Oxford United on FIFA 18, I should have been considered too.....
on the 6th January, 2018 at 12:58am
I am also offended that i haven't be considered for the role of manager of torino after all my record in various fifa games is outstanding i have every league tittle in the 5 European leagues i have a milan side which boasts sanchez messi ronaldo and aguero and i have won the euro cup with leeds parma and arsenal.

I have great plans for torino starting with swapping belotti for zapata montolivo and paletta. I also work in secondary education so i am qualified to deal with childish antics.
on the 5th January, 2018 at 10:51pm
One of the best blogs I've read in my years of scouring this site... LOL... love it!
on the 5th January, 2018 at 4:56pm
Mazzarri never wanted Cassano at Inter so do you really think that he would want Balotelli ?? he's a no BS coach that makes his team work hard and run and Balotelli is neither of the 2 !
on the 5th January, 2018 at 3:25pm

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