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Buon nuovo anno from Stefano

Auguri ( greetings) from Pattaya Beach, Thailand where Umberto and I have decamped for a holiday. Florence is not  a Xmas city and we have the winter break in our football. I receive the occasional despairing text from Alan Tanner. In Italy the sporting director/head coach system is universal, but I think you Brits prefer a dictator command and control Stalinist at the helm. Ray Wilkins I know well: charming fellow but is he tough enough ?

As for I Viola, Gomez is back and we are in good shape.

About Stefano Ursolini

The son of a leading Florentine art dealer, Stefano initially worked in the Uffizi Gallery. He went into journalism and soon became a popular stringer writing on Tuscan wines, art and football. Stefano lives with his partner Umberto in the Santa Croce quarter of Florence. A dedicated supporter of AC Fiorentina his elegant articles on the Viola as well as the Serie A have earned him an appreciative global audience. More Posts