From the outside looking in Marcello Lippi has had a very eventful career as a football manager. When he started off in 1982 after hanging his boots up with Sampdoria one wonders if he ever envisaged he would reach the managerial summits he has managed to climb.
To have been senior coach at Atalanta, Napoli, Juventus and Inter Milan is as good a list of Italian clubs to have to your CV as any. Then we have the small matter of him managing the Italian national team not once but twice. Sure he has had his challenges probably most so at Inter Milan and then in his second stint as manager of the light blue “Azzuri” in 2010 when things did not work out the way I am sure he had hoped for. To have won 5 Serie A titles, 1 European Champions League and 1 World Cup counters any criticisms though.
This coupled with the array of coach of the year titles he has won nationally and internationally, confirms why, he was voted in the top fifty managers of all time by the Times of London in 2007.