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Condemned to a perpetual state of change, Palermo live in a paradoxical world that combines lunacy with sanity. Waves of talent often burst through its gates only to exit via the revolving door as Maurizio Zamparini toys with his puppets in a manner akin to an Arab dictator.

Worshipped (I exaggerate of course) by the king of Italian tactics, Arrigo Sacchi, the pragmatic tactician transmits his ideas to the squad clearly. By combining his human touch and progressive ideas, he transformed a poor Varese youth team into credible challengers complete with an identity and heart in only a matter of months last season.

Despite studying law in University, Mangia was captivated by the artistry within the game and devoted his life to the sport. Politely told he was terrible as a footballer, he embarked upon a professional career in coaching at the tender age of 30, working alongside Sean Sogliano in Varese and leading the side to two promotions and back to professionalism in only three years. He returned to the club in 2010 as their youth Coach and led a largely anonymous team to a place in the Campionato Primavera.

Whilst he despises the triviality that exists within the industry and attempts to rediscover the joy of a job that now walks hand in hand with immense pressure, Mangia is still very much in love with football. Certain toffee-nosed tacticians like to think of him as an amateur who only trains kids but as the Guerin Sportivo article intelligently pointed out, raising the youth of today is by no means an easy feat. It is one of the most difficult jobs in the world.

Tactically, he is meticulous in his approach and prepares extensively for each upcoming game. Described as a man with clear ideas, Mangia is the common man devoted to the common 4-4-2 formation.

Whilst the squad only won one of the last four matches, there is genuine belief that Mangia can create something special with a little more time and even the impatient President is willing to afford him that luxury.

Hopefully, the commoner is here to stay to add even more character to a league often thought to bask in the theatrics of its environment.

Condemned to a perpetual state of change, Palermo live in a paradoxical world that combines lunacy with sanity. Waves of talent often burst through its gates only to exit via the revolving door as Maurizio Zamparini toys with his puppets in a manner akin to an Arab dictator.

Worshipped (I exaggerate of course) by the king of Italian tactics, Arrigo Sacchi, the pragmatic tactician transmits his ideas to the squad clearly. By combining his human touch and progressive ideas, he transformed a poor Varese youth team into credible challengers complete with an identity and heart in only a matter of months last season.

Despite studying law in University, Mangia was captivated by the artistry within the game and devoted his life to the sport. Politely told he was terrible as a footballer, he embarked upon a professional career in coaching at the tender age of 30, working alongside Sean Sogliano in Varese and leading the side to two promotions and back to professionalism in only three years. He returned to the club in 2010 as their youth Coach and led a largely anonymous team to a place in the Campionato Primavera.

Whilst he despises the triviality that exists within the industry and attempts to rediscover the joy of a job that now walks hand in hand with immense pressure, Mangia is still very much in love with football. Certain toffee-nosed tacticians like to think of him as an amateur who only trains kids but as the Guerin Sportivo article intelligently pointed out, raising the youth of today is by no means an easy feat. It is one of the most difficult jobs in the world.

Tactically, he is meticulous in his approach and prepares extensively for each upcoming game. Described as a man with clear ideas, Mangia is the common man devoted to the common 4-4-2 formation.

Whilst the squad only won one of the last four matches, there is genuine belief that Mangia can create something special with a little more time and even the impatient President is willing to afford him that luxury.

Hopefully, the commoner is here to stay to add even more character to a league often thought to bask in the theatrics of its environment.