Ivano Bonetti

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Ivano Bonetti
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-08-01) 1 August 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Brescia, Italy
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1984 Brescia 70 (3)
1984–1985 Genoa 31 (1)
1985–1988 Juventus 18 (2)
1987–1988 Atalanta 26 (2)
1988–1990 Bologna 62 (3)
1990–1993 Sampdoria 61 (0)
1993–1994 Bologna 18 (2)
1994–1995 Brescia 16 (0)
1994–1995 Torino 5 (0)
1995–1996 Grimsby Town 19 (3)
1996–1997 Tranmere Rovers 13 (1)
1997 Crystal Palace 2 (0)
1997–1999 Genoa 55 (1)
1999–2000 Sestrese 19 (0)
2000–2002 Dundee 18 (2)
Teams managed
2000–2002 Dundee
2004-2010 Pescina Valle del Giovenco
(director of football)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ivano Bonetti (born 1 August 1964 in Brescia) is an Italian football manager and former player. His father Aldo played for Brescia until the Second World War, brother Mario played for Atalanta and brother Dario played over 100 games for Roma and won two caps for Italy.

He is the current director of football of Lega Pro Prima Divisione club A.S. Pescina Valle del Giovenco.[1]

Grimsby Town[edit]

Initial impact[edit]

When Bonetti signed for Grimsby Town in 1995, it brought massive national attention to the club and he became an instant fans' favourite. The loyalty of the fans was tested when it was announced that £100,000 was needed to hire Bonetti from the American management company that held the rights to his "services and image"; this was raised by £50,000 from the fans and £50,000 from Bonetti himself, further increasing his appeal. Grimsby, under FIFA regulations, were not allowed to deal with the company and probably could not have afforded the money anyway.[2]

The love affair was completed when he scored the winning goal against West Brom, then managed by former Grimsby boss Alan Buckley and featuring several former Grimsby players.

The "plate of chicken" incident[edit]

On 10 February 1996, an incident after a 3–2 defeat away to Luton Town led to the departure of Bonetti from Blundell Park. Just a month before Grimsby had beaten them 7–1 in the FA Cup third round. Apparently Brian Laws, angry after the defeat, threw a plate of chicken wings at Bonetti, who he felt did not try hard enough, leaving him with a fractured cheekbone.[3] At the end of the season Bonetti left for Tranmere on a free transfer, Laws lasted until November of the next season. At the start of season 1997 – 98 Bonetti turned up at Crystal Palace shortly before returning to Italy to join Genoa.


In 1998, a consortium looking to take over Grimsby Town were planning to install Bonetti as manager, though this later fell through.[4]

Dundee FC[edit]

Ivano, along with brother Dario, enjoyed a stint as manager of Dundee in Scotland, replacing Jocky Scott. During his first season at Dundee, he signed in several foreign players such as Fabián Caballero, Georgi Nemsadze and, most notably, Argentine superstar Claudio Caniggia, the latter being signed by Rangers only one year later following an impressive season with the club. Despite this, he made only a sixth place in his first season, but was however publicly backed by the club. Further top signings such as Temuri Ketsbaia, Zurab Khizanishvili and Fan Zhiyi failed to make an improvement to the team results, and Dundee ended the 2001–02 season in a disappointing ninth place. He was sacked on 2 July 2002 by the club management.[5] A few months later he claimed back £800,000 from Dundee, declaring he had loaned the money to his former club in order to perform the signing of Fabián Caballero.[6]


  1. ^ "Juventus legend Rossi back in football at Pescina". Tribalfootball.com. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Moore, Glenn (2 December 1995). "Bonetti discovers paradise after Juventus". Independent, The (London). Retrieved 7 September 2007. 
  3. ^ BBC Sport (17 February 2003). "When managers attack". BBC. Retrieved 7 September 2007. 
  4. ^ Ault, Richard (16 March 2005). "Where are they now? – Ivano Bonetti". roversrearguard.com. Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2007. 
  5. ^ BBC Sport (2 July 2002). "The Bonetti years". BBC News. Retrieved 22 June 2007. 
  6. ^ BBC Sport (18 May 2003). "Bonetti to sue Dundee". BBC News. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 

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