The Curious Case Of Matteo Lanzoni
Matteo Lanzoni pitching up with The Glovers, having left the side of our former player Lee Johnson's Oldham was a very odd thing but this happened recently.
The talk on here was mixed, we didn't know if this move had led to some family conflict with Lee going to be left at odds with his father Gary following this switch from Boundary Park to Huish Park? We wondered if this would mean the Johnson family could have been involved with an awkward silence around the dinner table on a Sunday afternoon!
Johnson junior has now lifted the lid on the curious situation though, which seems quite complex but not at all difficult for father or son afterall.
Usually in life it's the fathers job to help our children, but on this occasion it was Lee that helped out Gary, as well as helping out his own club Oldham of course as he didn't want Lanzoni remaining in the SkyBet League 1 to join another side, as it looked likely he was going to.
Lee has revealed to Sky Sports that despite his interest in keeping the Italian, at the end of his short-term contract, he was concerned about his previous injuries so only wanted to offer him a contract that he felt suited the club. This didn't suit Lanzoni and he rejected the offer deciding to move on.
He held talks with another SkyBet League 1 club, now known to be Crawley, who wanted him but would only offer him a six-month contract with this again according to John Gregory over fears surrounding his injury record.
Gregory went as far as claiming that a medical was failed?
I'm not so sure on that, but what we do know is that Lee then picked up the phone to his father Gary and suggested that he might want to offer him something, off he went to Huish Park and the rest is history as they say. Lanzoni signed a contract with us for 18-months, family honour remained and that unwritten rule of not 'crossing' each other remained unbroken.
In light of Gregory's claims of a failed medical I'm a little worried, but sometimes managers does say things to try and ease their own disappointment or make themselves feel better about a situation. I'm sure that if Johnson (Gary that is) had any serious reservations about bring the defender to the club he wouldn't have done so, so I'll back his judgement and decision making here as I almost always do.
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