Where are David Platt’s Nottingham Forest flops Salvatore Matrecano, Moreno Mannini and Gianluca Petrachi now?


David Platt’s time at Nottingham Forest will not be remembered fondly.

Handed around £12m to spend by Nigel Doughty after becoming manager following relegation from the Premier League, Platt proved adept at wasting almost all of it.

The former England midfielder did bring in David Johnson for £3m from Ipswich, although the striker only got going when Platt left in 2001.

Of greatest notoriety was Platt’s trio of Italian signings, all of whom had promising CVs, all of whom ended up being unlucky or useless. Or both.

So what happened to Gianluca Petrachi, Salvatore Matrecano and Moreno Mannini?

Gianluca Petrachi

Gianluca Petrachi takes on the Walsall defence

The winger joined from Perugia for £1.2m in August 1999 at the age of 30.

He only played 15 times and last featured in January 2000 as injuries hampered his progress severely.

Petrachi returned to Perugia, initially on loan, before joining permanently after his contract was terminated to ease Forest’s wage bill.

He retired in 2003 and became Pisa sporting director in 2006. The 48-year-old joined Torino in 2009 and became their sporting director the following year.

It is a position he still holds today at the Serie A side. Petrachi played a key role in taking Joe Hart to the club last season.

Salvatore Matrecano

Salvatore Matrecano of Nottingham Forest battles for the ball with Steve Corica against Wolves

Like Petrachi, the former Under-21 international joined Forest from Perugia as the other half of a £2.4m double deal when he was 29.

A ligament injury scuppered his progress at Forest as the centre-half played only 13 times.

His contract was terminated in 2001 as he returned to his homeland, eventually joining Benevento, who are currently bottom of Serie A.

Matrecano also played for Foggia, Napoli, Udinese and Parma. He moved into management with stints at lower league sides Foligno and former club Perugia.

He took over at Serie C side Paganese in May this year, but resigned in August for personal reasons.

Moreno Mannini

Moreno Mannini of Sampdoria in action during the Serie A match against Cremonese at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa

Mannini was 37 when he joined Forest in August 1999 on a free transfer from Sampdoria, where he was a former team-mate of Platt.

The central defender is a Sampdoria legend having made almost 400 appearances for them. However, he played only 11 times for Forest before leaving on a free transfer at his own request in January 2000 after failing to settle in England.

He returned to his first club Imolese to see out his playing days, retiring at the end of the 1999/2000 season with 10 senior caps to his name.

Mannini ignored the management route and now works as a pundit whose opinion is regularly sought on Sampdoria’s fortunes in Serie A.



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