Beverley Town sign former Serie A Midfielder

Beverley Town have made the highest profile signing in the club’s history, by capturing former Serie A midfielder Daniele Mannini.

Capturing the signing of Mannini is a real coup for the club and came about following a chance encounter whilst Chairman Mark Smith was out on his morning dog walk. Mark picks up the story:

“I was out walking my dog when I got chatting to another dog walker. He happened to say he played a bit of football in the past, I told him I was Chairman of Beverley Town and he should get down to pre-season training. Little did I know he had over 200 appearances in Serie A under his belt!”

Highlights of Mannini Free kick for Beverley Town v Frickley (Mannini wearing number 11, free kick
after 1.32m):

Subsequently, Danielle came down to training and fitted in really well, even scoring a fantastic free kick in one of the preseason games (see attached video clip) First team manager Dave Ricardo couldn’t quite believe it when Danielle arrived at training and spoke to Dave about his career.
Dave added

“Most managers and coaches at any level will always say there are one or two players that crop up in preseason that you didn’t expect to become available. I think it can be safely said Dani for sure falls into this category! From a chance meeting walking his dog to signing for Beverley Town 3 weeks later, you can safely say this comes under Barry Fry’s methods of transfer rather than one of Peps.

I cannot speak highly enough of Dani’s attitude, and his training and dedication have been first-class. Dani can be a real inspiration for everyone involved at the club, it’s not often you get someone who has played the amount of games Dani has done at a high level, never mind in Serie A.

Anyone who was lucky enough to be at the Frickley friendly earlier would have seen his undoubted quality, and the people of Beverley will not want to miss him in action when the season starts. He has a lovely family who have settled in Beverley, and on behalf of the club I welcome his in-laws, children, and partner to the club, I know the supporters will do the same”

The signing of Daniele Mannini could not have happened without support from both Mannini’s company, Mr P Health and Greenthumb Beverley.

GENOA, ITALY – MAY 16: Daniele Mannini of UC Sampdoria in action during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and SSC Napoli at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on May 16, 2010 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Massimo Cebrelli/Getty Images)

About Daniele Mannini:
Son of former ACF Fiorentina goalkeeper Alessandro Mannini, Daniele started his professional career at hometown club Viareggio, playing with them in the Italian Serie C2 and Serie D tiers.

  • In summer 2003, he joined Pisa of Serie C1.
  • In 2004–05 season he joined Serie A club Brescia. On 12 September 2004, he made his Serie A debut against Juventus.
  • He left for Serie A club Napoli on 31 January 2008, joining fellow Brescia players Santacroce and Hamsik, for a total fee of €18 million within a season. Mannini himself was sold for €7 million.
  • In July 2009, Mannini joined Sampdoria, for €3.5 million Mannini made an excellent start in his first season at Sampdoria, scoring 5 goals in Serie A and 3 assists in just 8 games.
  • On 6 August 2011, Mannini moved to newly promoted Serie A club Siena for €450,000 (plus €200,000 other fee) in a 4-year contract.