Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ravanelli: I'd Love to See Boro Back in the Premier League - with Me as Manager!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ravanelli: I'd Love to See Boro Back in the Premier League - with Me as Manager!

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Byline: Jonathon Taylor Sports writer jonathon.taylor@trinitymirror.com

FABRIZIO Ravanelli would love to see Boro back in the Premier League next season - and wants to become the club's manager one day.

The former Italy striker scored 31 goals in all competitions during an eventful 1996/97 season on Teesside, which ultimately ended in the club's relegation.

Two decades later, Aitor Karanka's Boro are within touching distance of a return to the top-flight - with only three games standing between themselves and possible promotion. And the White Feather would love to see his former club back at football's top table.

"I hope that Middlesbrough will return to the Premier League this season. I hope they win the league or at least get promoted via the play-offs," Ravanelli told The Sun.

"I always follow Middlesbrough - every season. I always watch the match. I've noticed they don't concede many, while they haven't scored too many.

"They often play with a 4-2-3-1 formation and Karanka is building a great team.

"I really hope they can reach their objective of achieving promotion back to the Premier League.

"The fans deserve it, the club deserves it and the chairman, Steve Gibson, deserves it."

Ravanelli - who has managed French club AC Ajaccio since hanging up his boots - remains hopeful of a Boro reunion one day too.

"I would love to manage Middlesbrough - if only the opportunity was there," he said. "My dream is to return to Middlesbrough. It is club I really enjoyed playing at.

"It is a place I feel I am loved, where I really enjoyed a great season. And I would love to return to the club as manager - because I am convinced it would go well."

Ravanelli enjoyed an eventful first season on Teesside after Steve Gibson shocked the football world by signing the man who, just weeks before his arrival, had scored the opening goal in the 1996 European Cup final for winners Juventus. …

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