Friday April 1 2011
Juve told to hire Mancini

Juventus should look to appoint Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini this summer, says former striker Michele Padovano.

The Turin giants are expected to show Gigi Del Neri the door after a difficult first campaign in Turin and Mancio has been linked.

"I would go for Mancini," said Padovano, the Bianconeri's super sub striker from the 1990s. "I know him as a player and he's surprised me with his excellent results as a Coach.

"I've talked with a few players who have worked under him and they say he has a very good relationship with his squad – that would help Juventus win.

"I think he could be the right man for the job."

Siena boss Antonio Conte has also been suggested as a possible appointment and Padovano knows him well after their playing days in Turin.

"Conte is predestined for Juventus," Padovano, the scorer of 18 goals in 63 games for the Old Lady, added. "One day he'll be the Coach.

"He's worked his way up the ladder and has done well by putting himself up for discussion again by going to work in Serie B.

"He's a Juventus candidate."

Conte is currently looking good to lead Siena into Serie A, just as he did with Bari earlier in his coaching career.

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