Paolo Di Canio and Roberto Mancini are, amongst many others, previous Lazio players who have become active and successful as coaches after having ended their careers as players. Di Canio managed to guide his Swindon Town to a promotion from League Two to League One in his first year as head coach this season, while Mancini had successful spells at Lazio and Inter before moving to Manchester City and securing the team’s first league title in 44 years in the 2011-2012 season.
There are numerous of other previous Lazio profiles who have taken the giant step from being active on the pitch to being successful on the side and the latest to do so is Angelo Peruzzi. The 42-year old Viterbo son has been assisting Ciro Ferrara in the Italian under-21 team the last year and was today assigned assistant manager to the same Ferrara as he decided to move to Genoa and take charge of Sampdoria.
The team had publicly been trying to snap up Rafa Benitez, but the talks came to an end last week and despite having coach Iachini under contract for another year Sampdoria opted for new names on the bench in their return to the top flight. Ciro Ferrara and Angelo Peruzzi were given the responsibility by club president Riccardo Garrone to guide il Doria and the Laziali around the world will have yet another retired profile to keep an eye on.