Football: Ex Ascoli and Roma boss Carlo Mazzone, has died at the age of 86. He held the record for the most games managed – 792.
Carlo Mazzone, a larger than life character known for his quips and quirky use of language as well as boundless enthusiasm for the game, has died aged 86.
‘Carletto’, as he was known, an historic coach of Ascoli and many other teams, died in his home in Ascoli Piceno in southern Marche.
Known as Sor Carletto, he was the record holder of benches in Serie A: 792 the official ones, 797 considering also the five play-offs.
In 2019, Ascoli Piceno named the new East stand of the “Cino e Lillo Del Duca” stadium after him. In the same year he was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.
An icon of the game
Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) President Gabriele Gravina paid tribute to Mazzone.
“We salute a full-blown icon of Italian football, a man animated by deep values and principles, a well-prepared, courageous and passionate coach,” said Gravina.
“He invented a unique style personifying seriousness and humanity at the same time.
“We will not forget him”.
FIGC has ordered a minute’s silence before this weekend’s Serie A opening fixtures in honour of Mazzone.
Francesco Totti came to prominence under Mazzone, who coached Roma from 1993 to 1996. On Instagram, Totti said, “You are and will always be in my heart. Thanks for everything you did for me”.