Middlesbrough and Italy legend keen on taking over after Paul Hartley was sacked
FABRIZIO RAVANELLI last night told Dundee chiefs: I’m the man to save you.
The Dens Park board axed gaffer Paul Hartley after seven straight losses left them in the relegation play-off spot.
Italian legend Ravanelli is a cult hero at Dundee after a brief playing spell in 2003 and is desperate for a shock return to the club.
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Dens managing director John Nelms says he is looking for a British interim manager after sacking Hartley yesterday.
But former Middlesbrough star Ravanelli insists HE is the man to pull Dundee up the table and away from danger.
I am ready to get a flight to Scotland very quickly. It is an exciting opportunity and I would love to go back
He told SunSport: “I believe I can keep Dundee in the Premiership and I am very interested in this job.
“I can save the club from relegation.
“I could definitely get results and get the best out of the Dundee players.
“I am ready to get a flight to Scotland very quickly. It is an exciting opportunity and I would love to go back.
“I am looking for a new project in management and this would be the perfect fresh start for me.
“I would bring energy, enthusiasm and motivation to the club.
“Dundee are in danger but there are five games to play and I am 100 per cent confident that the team can survive.”
Juventus legend Ravanelli played six games for Dundee in 2003/04 — but left after the club went into administration.
The 48-year-old’s last managerial job was with French side AC Ajaccio in 2013 and he has also coached in Juve’s youth system.
Ravanelli was recently in the running for the Ghana job but believes the Scottish game would suit his qualities.
He applied for the Motherwell job before Steve Robinson was chosen as Mark McGhee’s replacement.
The former Middlesbrough hitman was also linked with the Riverside job when Aitor Karanka left in March.
His ill-fated spell at Dundee included just three goals for Jim Duffy’s side before the club went bust.
But that bitter experience hasn’t put Ravanelli off a return and he is set to apply for the Dens job in the coming days.
Dundee are wary of making a foreign appointment but the man dubbed the White Feather insists he fits the bill.
A big personality as a player, Ravanelli believes he would fit in perfectly as his old club battle to stay in the Premiership.
He said: “I was only at Dundee for a short period of time but it’s a special club and I love the passion of Scottish football. It is a fantastic country.
“I have played football in Britain and it would be an honour to manage there too.”
White Feather’s career
- Born in Perugia, Italy, in December 1968
- Joined Juventus in 1992 where he played alongside Roberto Baggio, Gianluca Vialli, Paolo Di Canio, Andreas Moller and Alessandro Del Piero
- Nicknamed the White Feather because of his white hair
- Won the Champions League with Juventus in 1996, scoring in the final against Ajax
- Moved to Middlesbrough for £7m in 1996
- He scored 17 goals in 35 appearances for Boro, including the League Cup final in 1997
- Left for Marseille when Boro were relegated in 1997
- Won the Serie A title with Lazio in 2000
- In 2001 joined Derby on a free, where he played 49 games and scored 14 goals
- He moved to Dundee in 2003, where his only goals came in a hat-trick v Clyde
- He retired in 2005, having won 22 Italy caps and scoring 8 goals