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  1. UWTB1893

    Ex Dee Interview | Dario Bonetti

    Dario, how did you and your brother Ivano’s move into management with Dundee come around? What was your knowledge of Dundee and also the Scottish game? We arrived in Dundee with great motivations, in that moment we did not know many things about Scottish football. You were manager of Italian club Sestrese while Ivano was your assistant. How did both of you adapt to reversing the roles? We decide of work into the club like what we usual for us in Italy, me as coach and him (Ivano) like a Director or Manager. Understandably, we saw an influx of foreign players join Dundee. The bulk of the team that your previous manager Jocky Scott, were moved on to other clubs. Was the standard of players not up to what you expected or did you and Ivano just want to build your own team? We have a global vision about the football and we knew that if you want to be competitive, the team must have quality You brought in quality players such as Fabian Caballero, Giorgi Nemsadze and Juan Sara. How hard was it to talk these players to come to Dundee? I think that it was very easy to organise a good team anywhere if you have contacts around the world. For us to find good players is easy. At that moment Nemsadze, Caballero and Sara were good, technical investment for the team. In your first few games in charge of Dundee, the team defeated Motherwell and Dunfermline and earned praise from nearly everyone in Scotland for the style of play in which the team managed it. Did you expected to start off the season like you did? It was very Important to organise a good group players before the preseason because that is the most important period for build the team. The matches we played were the answer to our market. yes, we organised a good team without spending money. One thing you must know, that team was a very good quality team but very cheap. The club didn’t spend any money for transfers (only Nemsadze but he was very cheap plus Fabian, we paid with our own money during second season, me and Ivano). Your brother was sent off on his debut against Motherwell. Did you give him a telling off for that? At the time after the match, we discussed what had happened. Obviously, the discussion was constructive. Fabian Caballero’s season was brutally ended in your first Dundee Derby. His replacement was the superstar Claudio Caniggia. This was a massive signing. How did you manage to pull off this signing? We were (Me and Claudio) teammates at Verona for few seasons. at that moment, Claudio was playing for Atalanta and his dream was try other foreign (Leagues) experiences. Near the end of your first season in charge, the club had to release a statement due to rumours that you were to be replaced by Spanish coach Pedro Braojos. Also at this time, Patrizio Billio and Marco de Marchi made complaints to the SPL about the treatment from management. What was your thoughts on all of this? When you are responsible for the team, you must write the rule. This rule to all the players must be to respect. Who doesn't respect is out of the group. It doesn't matter if they are Italian or Scottish, great or small players. The two Italian players didn’t respect the group full stop. For this reason the manager and coach decided after few months to put them on the transfer list. The club started the next season early by entering the Inter-Toto cup but were put out in the first round. Did you see this as a waste of time or a good chance for the players to play in a European tie? To have a competitive team in Europe it’s necessary is have more time. I remember that we played in a UEFA preliminary without Nemsadze or khizanishvili and another few players because they were with their national team. We started the League campaign well again but would then continue to remain inconsistent and also again, exit both cups early on. We also finished 9th, three points from second bottom. This was with high profile signings such as Temuri Ketsbaia and Fan Zhiyi. What went wrong? The second season had been much better of a season for example, we started with the team (we wanted) but soon during the year, we suffered many injures in the team. I remember for example, khizanishvili and Fabian was 50% of his condition, plus others. Rumours started to go around that you wouldn’t be in charge for a third season and this became true when the club announced that you had both left by mutual consent. Can you add your own story to this? We left Dundee because we (me and Ivano) paid the Fabian Caballero transfer fee with our personal money and Mr Peter Marr didn’t respect our personal agreement. The Dundee fans must know that we payed $1,200,000 for Fabian with our personal money to help the club. this is the truth. The club would enter administration a few years after your departure. The main cause given was it was due to overspending during your tenure. Were either of you ever aware or made aware of the finances during your reign? Many fans have always been eager to hear your side of the story regarding this. When I heard that the Dee went into administration with our period responsible, I want to answer that is a big lie. Firstly, our responsibility was only technical. Secondly, each payment came from the border. I told you, the only player we spent money on was Fabian. I repeat, we paid. Me and Ivano with our personal money. $1.200.000 into the club with Jim Connor the General director making an agreement with Fabian's manager. I want everyone to remember to that all the players we brought to Dundee were so the club could sell for a lot of money. Speroni, khizanishvili, Caniggia, Fabian and others. How was your relationship with then Dundee owners, Peter and Jimmy Marr? I have my personal idea and it is the same idea all the Dee's fan. All the people know. Peter marr used us, this is clear. What are you currently up to in football? After our experience in Scotland, I worked in Hungary then after in Italy for four seasons. Also in Romania with Dinamo Bucarest and in Africa with Zambia, building the team that won the Africa cup 2012. I won the group qualification. After that I returned to Bucarest with Dinamo, winning the National Cup and Super Cup. I’m now working for my football federation, AIAC Thank you again for taking the time out to answer these question Dario! All the best for the future. For the next future, I would like return to Scotland exactly in Dundee and bring our dear DEE into EUROPE. I hope you will show this interview without problem. I write only the truth. Big, big hugs to all Dee's fan, I hope all the best for next matches. Good luck
  2. The close season of 2000 was a strange one as we waited the appointment of a new manager at Dens Park. The previous campaign had seen us finish seventh under Jocky Scott’s guidance in what had been a good season. We had known since around April that Jocky wouldn’t be in charge but there weren’t any real signs who would replace him. Then, in July, the surprise announcement came it was Italian brothers Ivano and Dario Bonetti who were going to be responsible for improving the squad that Jocky had built. Little did we know then the transformation there would be to what was a successful team. The two brothers came in and immediately it was clear to see Ivano was the more charismatic of the pair. They brought with them a translator but Ivano’s English was understandable if not great. Dario, on the other hand, was quite imposing in stature and character. However, once you got to know him, he was a decent guy. They were only in the club a few days when we were whisked away to an Italian training camp, which was based on the top of a mountain, half-an-hour from civilisation. It was a new experience for the Scottish boys and three weeks together was challenging even for the more placid players like myself. The training itself was different, too, with the morning sessions no more than a jog. It started on day one with a 1km run, building up to doing eight of these come the second week. The days of being hammered physically were all gone, which was great, but the boys didn’t feel they were doing enough. The afternoon work was all with the ball and focused mainly on shape, with the players getting to know what was expected of them in formation. It was repetition which most found monotonous but it did hold us in good stead going into the season and it is something I have used frequently in my managerial roles. There was an influx of Italians, which was to be expected, as most managers like to bring their own players in, but it did cause a divide. I’m not sure if it was meant but we had two separate dressing-rooms at our home training base at Caird Park. The home-grown boys were in one changing-room and the foreign players in the other, with the exception being Georgi Nemsadze, who found himself with us, something I think he preferred. There wasn’t a problem as we all wanted to play football but the unity and togetherness you get in dressing-rooms just wasn’t apparent. In saying that, when we went out on the park there was a cohesion that looked as if we had been together for years. The players Jocky had at his disposal fell by the wayside one by one, until there were only a handful of us training with the first-team squad. The rest were sent to train with Ray Farningham and Stevie Campbell, who, at one point, had 40 players training with them. The ones left were the mainstay of the team with the likes of Rab Douglas (for a few months), Gav Rae, Willie Falconer, Steven Tweed, Lee Wilkie and Shaun McSkimming all playing big parts in the forthcoming league campaign. It was crystal clear at the Bonettis’ first game in charge they would be different. They turned up at the game and took their place in the dugout in their denim jeans and shirts, which was something that was new to the league. It was more in tone with playing at Dawson Park but they had their own style and, looking back, probably set the dress code for some managers today. Dundee games were exciting with the Italians in command There were a lot of memorable moments for Dundee under the all-too-brief stewardship of the Bonettis back in the early 2000s. Today I’m going to have a look at some games that stood out for me in those two action-packed seasons with the Italian brothers at the helm of the club. The first game that springs to mind is the opening league game under their tenure. MOTHERWELL 0 DUNDEE 2 July 29, 2000. We travelled to Fir Park as something of an unknown quantity with all the new arrivals. In front of us was a team who had finished fourth the season before. In a side containing only five in the starting line-up from the previous campaign, Ivano selected himself on a day to remember for him. We took the lead in the first half through a great Pat Billio strike from the edge of the box and, in the same half, the gaffer received a yellow card for a crude tackle. The second half was taking shape when Ivano received his second yellow for another challenge and was duly sent off. The remainder of the game was backs-to-the-wall stuff until Javier Artero went on a mazy run and scored one of the goals of the season. It sent the massive travelling support home delighted and optimism was high for the rest of the season. ABERDEEN 0 DUNDEE 2 October 14, 2000. This game is probably most remembered for the debut of World Cup winner Claudio Caniggia but, for me, it was more notable as it was my mate Rab Douglas’ last game for the club. The big goalie was unbelievable to play in front of as he commanded his area so well and made defending it so much easier. He once told me if a ball came in to the box and he shouted for it to get out the way. I made the mistake of not moving once and still have the mark to prove it. He deserved his move to Celtic and showed what a class act he was when he went there. Caniggia marked his debut with a goal after coming on as a sub for the injured Steven Milne. Just as impressive as that goal was the opener by Ivano, who chipped the keeper from about 20 yards. It was a great day at Pittodrie but also a sad one for myself, knowing Big Rab was off to Celtic Park. DUNDEE UNITED 0 DUNDEE 2 November 11, 2000. I had played in, and lost, a few derbies but this is up there with one of the best performances I have been involved in. Claudio Caniggia had put us in front in the first half after we capitalised on a mistake by a United defender. The second was a great goal which was finished off by a magnificent chip from Giorgi Nemsadze. It was started at the back and four passes after keeper Marco Roccati had moved it out, Giorgi was scoring at the other end. It was a great game, filled with the usual passion of a derby but won in the end by an exquisite finish from our Georgian team-mate. There were plenty of other games that could have made the list, as at times, the football we played was outstanding. The game when we beat Aberdeen to get into the top six for the first time was memorable, even if we celebrated a bit too much at the final whistle. It looked as if we had won the league after the game but it was tremendous to celebrate any win with the Dundee fans who travel through thick and thin. At the end of the next season it was expected that Ivano and Dario would be there for the following league campaign. As usual, though, there is never a dull moment at Dundee and that summer was no different.
  3. TheDarkBlues

    Talking Kit - Dundee 2000/01

    The summer of 2000 saw a revolution take place on Tayside. In a bold move, Jocky Scott was replaced as manager by rookie Italian boss Ivano Bonetti and his brother Dario. While lacking experience in the dugout, both men came with hugely impressive CVs from their playing days. Ivano, who was to take over in a player-manager role, could count clubs like Juventus, Sampdoria, Torino and Crystal Palace among his former clubs, while Dario, his assistant, had played for AC Milan, Roma, Sampdoria and Juventus. The club’s kit for the season featured dark blue shorts for only the second time in 20 years, replacing the traditional white shorts which had defined the kit for most of Dundee’s history. It was manufactured by US sportswear company Xara and sponsored by Ceramic Tile Warehouse. The top was dark blue with white trim on the torso and sleeves, while the dark blue socks with white trim completed the set. The decision to go with blue shorts was a subtle change from convention but represented the mood that was sweeping Dens Park at the time. This was still the same Dundee as before, only somehow different. Over the summer an overhaul of the playing squad took place. Out went stalwarts like James Grady and Eddie Annand and in came an array of foreign stars drawn from every corner of the footballing world. Italians Marco Di Marchi, Alessandro Romano and Marcello Marrocco were joined by Argentine strikers Fabian Caballero and Juan Sara and, in August, by defender Walter Del Rio. Spanish midfielder Javier Artero and Georgian playmaker Georgi Nemsadze also arrived but the biggest signing of them all was to come in October when Argentine World Cup legend Claudio Caniggia shocked Scottish football by signing a one-year deal with the Dens Park club. By the time Caniggia arrived on Tayside the team were already showing signs of the incredible football that they were capable of, but also an erraticism that would hamper their progress in the league. Stunning performances like a 3-0 derby win over Dundee United at Dens Park were tempered by disappointing results including a 5-1 defeat to Hibernian at Easter Road. Nevertheless, the Bonetti brand of football was exciting, attacking, skilful and continental, and players like Nemsadze and Caballero were quickly becoming club legends. Caniggia made his debut from the bench away to Aberdeen in October and scored a 90th-minute goal to clinch a 2-0 win. The following week he scored a sublime lob against Motherwell on his home debut but couldn’t help the team avoid a 2-1 defeat. Over the course of the season more and more foreign talent arrived on Tayside. October saw the arrival of Argentine midfielder Beto Carranza and Italian goalkeeper Marco Roccati; Italian midfielder Marco Russo signed on in November; Georgian defender Zura Khizanishvili joined in March alongside Australian midfielder Mark Robertson, and Italian defender Mauro Vargiu joined up at the start of May. But, for all that the Bonetti era is remembered for the foreign talent who graced our game, the Italian was admirably loyal to core of Scottish players who formed the backbone of his team and who progressed superbly under his leadership. Gavin Rae, Rab Douglas and Lee Wilkie would all go on to become Scotland internationals, while Bonetti’s captain, Barry Smith, made more than 400 appearances for the club before becoming the manager in 2010. Thirty-four year old striker Willie Falconer made 17 appearances during the 2000-01 campaign while young striker Stevie Milne played 24 times, scoring four goals. Defender Steven Tweed was an almost ever present, appearing 38 times in all competitions, while other Scots to feature under Bonetti that season included Jamie Langfield, Shaun McSkimming and Hugh Robertson. For all the talent on show, the team’s lack of consistency meant that ultimately they finished the season in sixth place in the table. The most memorable results, though, came in the Dundee derby matches against United. In September a Juan Sara hat-trick gave them a 3-0 win at Dens Park, then in November a stunning chipped goal from Georgi Nemsadze and another from Caniggia earned them a famous 2-0 victory at Tannadice. The season also saw Dundee secure European football for the first time in 27 years when they successfully applied to take part in the now defunct UEFA Intertoto Cup, where they lost on aggregate to Serbian side FK Smederevo.

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