HERE are 100 things you didn't know about Roberto Mancini:
Mancini is a big fan of James Bond. He is vague about his favourite Bond film - but for City's sake, let's hope it's Goldfinger rather than, say, Dr No.
2 Unsurprisingly, given his love of Bond, Mancini's favourite actor is Sean Connery.
3 His favourite actress, meanwhile, is Michelle Pfeiffer.
4 When he's not enjoying a good Bond film, City's boss likes settling down to read a John Grisham legal thriller.
5 You may not have heard of Mancini's favourite singer - a flamboyant Italian performer called Renato Zero, whose act is part glam-rock, part disco.
6 Mancini always looks immaculate, so it shouldn't come as too much of a shock to learn that he likes to wear Armani suits.
7 He makes an effort when it comes to footwear, too. The Italian orders bespoke shoes from the renowned West London footwear shop Trickers, based on Jermyn Street.
8 His designer gear goes well with his City scarf during matches - but it's not a new look for him. He regularly wore a blue and black bar scarf over his coat when he was boss of Inter Milan.
9 Mancini clearly likes to think big - his official website describes him as a "Campione di Classe". That's a "Champion of Class", just in case you hadn't worked it out. Oh, you had.
10 Mancini is already becoming a crowd favourite at Eastlands, and is only going to get more popular after declaring that his favourite colour is "blue, in all its shades".
11 Apart from Fiorentina, who wear violet, every team he has ever played for or managed has had a significant amount of blue in their strip - Bologna, Sampdoria, Lazio, Leicester, Inter Milan, the Italian national side and now City.
12 Mancini's favourite meal is his mother's baked pasta.
13 His favourite drink, you may be surprised to learn, is Coca Cola.
14 When he's finished polishing off Momma Mancini's pasta al forno, washed down with a Coke, the City boss enjoys a cream slice or a bit of tiramisu for dessert.
15 It seems a bit rude after that not to tell you the names of Mancini's parents - mum Marianna and dad Aldo - who raised him in the small town of Jesi, a few miles inland from Ancona on Italy's Adriatic coast. He has a younger sister, Stephanie.
16 Brought up as a Catholic, Mancini has already made his first visit to St John's Church in Chorlton, where the priest is a big United fan. He attended Mass on Christmas Eve.
17 Mancini is arguably the most famous figure to come out of Jesi, unless you count Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, who rose to prominence in the 13th century.
18 Mancini was born in 1964. He shares his birthday, November 27, with Ernie Wise, Jimi Hendrix and martial arts movie star Bruce Lee.
19 For all you horoscope fans, that makes Mancini a Sagittarius. Apparently, this means he is jovial and good humoured but also blindly optimistic and careless.
20 His surname is derived from the Italian word `manco', meaning left-handed. Ironically, Mancini is right-handed.
21 It seems he was always destined to become a professional footballer, as he was snapped up for Bologna's youth team when he was just 13.
22 And he became the youngest player ever to compete in Serie A when he made his debut for Bologna against Cagliari on September 12, 1981, aged just 16.
23 He quickly attracted the attention of Sampdoria, who signed him in the summer of 1982. He would stay for the next 15 years, becoming a club legend in the process.
24 Mancini soon attracted the attention of Italy boss Enzo Bearzot, who gave him his international debut in a friendly against Canada in May 1984.
25Such is Mancini's affection for the city of Genoa - where Sampdoria are based - that he still has a home there.
26 Despite that, however, Mancini says that his favourite city is Rome, where he had spells with Lazio as a player and a manager.
27 He also has a holiday home in the Sardinian resort of Porto Cervo.
28 While he was on holiday there in the summer of 2008, an Italian magazine invaded his family's privacy by publishing a picture of his wife sunbathing topless.
29 Mancini has been married for almost 20 years. He got hitched to Federica Morelli in 1990, and the couple have three children - Filippo, Andrea and Camilla.
30 His two sons, Filippo and Andrea, are budding footballers themselves. Both currently play for Monza in the third tier of Italian football, although Filippo had a stint with City's Academy two seasons ago.
31 Mancini's nickname is `Mancio'.
32 While at Sampdoria in the 1980s Mancini played alongside Brazilian midfielder Toninho Cerezo - who he maintains is the greatest player he has ever seen.
33 Mancini made his name at Sampdoria as a deep-lying second striker in the Teddy Sheringham mould. He wore the No 10 shirt.
34 It was there that he formed a formidable strike partnership with Gianluca Vialli.
35 Vialli became one of Mancini's best buddies and was a guest at his wedding.
36 The duo played a major part in guiding Sampdoria to the only Serie A title in their history, in 1991.
37 Mancini is still spoken of reverentially at Sampdoria, where he scored 133 goals in 424 league appearances - a very impressive strike rate for the notoriously defensive Serie A.
38 But despite that success at club level, Mancini never got to play at a World Cup finals. He was part of the squad for Italia 90, but never got on to the pitch.
39 Mancini's only crack at a major international tournament was Euro 88. He scored in a 1-1 group stage draw against Germany as Italy reached the semi-finals, then lost to the USSR.
40 That was the first of only four goals Mancini scored in 36 games for his country.
41 The closest Mancini got to winning an international trophy was with Italy's Under-21 side. He reached the final of the 1986 Under-21s European Championship.
42 Mancini's international career came to an end after a row with national boss Arrigo Sacchi, who told him he would not be guaranteed a starting place in Italy's 1994 World Cup squad.
43 He had more luck in Europe at club level, lifting the European Cup Winners' Cup twice - once with Sampdoria in 1990, and once with Lazio in 1999.
44 The 2-1 victory over Real Mallorca at Villa Park in 1999 ensured Mancini was a winner in the last-ever European Cup Winners' Cup final.
45 It was while still at Sampdoria that the young Mancini started to show his coaching potential. Coach Vujadin Boskov would sometimes allow him to conduct the half-time team talks.
46 That coaching potential was part of the reason Sven-Goran Eriksson made him his first signing for Lazio in 1997.
47 And guess what? Eriksson was right. The two men guided Lazio to the Serie A title in 2000 - only the second in the club's history.
48 While in Rome, Mancini scored a goal voted the best ever scored in the Italian league - a back heel into the top corner in a 3-1 win over Parma in January 1999 .
49 Mancini was part of the Lazio team that beat United 1-0 in Monaco to win the 1999 European Super Cup.
50 He went on to have a brief spell at Leicester in 2001, after his old mate Vialli told him he'd benefit from experiencing a bit of English football.
51 Mancini's Leicester team-mates were so in awe of him that they nicknamed him "The Legend".
52 He was only at Filbert Street for a month, but during that time regularly popped down to Loughborough University to start learning English.
53 Robbie Savage became good mates with Mancini during their brief time together as room-mates at Leicester. Mancini apparently introduced Savage to the delights of pasta.
54 Mancini played just five games for Leicester, and suffered the indignity of being replaced by Ade Akinbiyi in two of them.
55 In fact, Mancini didn't complete a full 90 minutes for Leicester. He was taken off in four of his five games, and appeared as a half-time substitute in his final appearance, a 2-1 defeat at Everton.
56 City full-back Wayne Bridge has already got one over on his new boss. Bridge was part of the Southampton side that defeated Mancini's Leicester 1-0 in a Premier League game in January 2001.
57 Mancini faced two other members of his City squad during his stint in the East Midlands. He got a 0-0 draw against an Arsenal side featuring Sylvinho, and dumped Gareth Barry's Aston Villa out of the FA Cup. Sweet.
58 That was to be Mancini's only game in the FA Cup as a player, though. He pulled out of Leicester's fifth-round tie against Bristol City to become boss of Fiorentina in February 2001. Well, wouldn't you?
59 He had to get special dispensation from the Italian authorities to take the Fiorentina job because he hadn't got the relevant coaching badges at the time.
60 Mancini's cup run that season lasted longer than Leicester's. While he lifted the Coppa Italia with Fiorentina, the Foxes were humiliatingly dumped out of the FA Cup at home by Wycombe in the quarter-finals.
61 Mancini worked unpaid and received death threats as Fiorentina went into financial meltdown, before quitting after 10 months in the job.
62 He finally called time on his playing career at the age of 36 in May 2001 with the Italian equivalent of a testimonial, titled `Mancio Day'.
63 He won the Coppa Italia again as boss of Lazio in 2004. In fact, he's won at least one trophy with every club he has managed.
64 Mancini's cup record in Italy is unmatched. He has won the Coppa Italia a record seven times during his career.
65 On arriving at City, he declared his ambition to reach the finals of both the Carling Cup and FA Cup this season.
66 Mancini has always maintained that the most important quality a manager needs to be successful is luck.
67 He won the Serie A title three years running during his four years at the Inter Milan helm.
68 The first title came as a result of the match-fixing scandal that rocked Italian football in 2006. Juventus were stripped of the Scudetto after being found guilty of having undue influence on the results of matches.
69 That did little for Mancini's relationship with Fabio Capello, who was boss of Juve at the time - but wasn't implicated in the scandal.
70 Mancini, though, does get on much better with Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, even though they were rival bosses in Milan for four years.
71 They are such good mates, that they agreed to appear together on the Italian TV show La Iene in 2003, answering a series of probing questions about their personal lives.
72During the interview, both men agreed that Mancini had pulled more women that Ancelotti as a player.
73 And while Ancelotti claimed that he had only ever said 'I love you' to one woman in his life, Mancini admitted he had said it to 'a few'.
74 Mancini also admitted on air that he had smoked cannabis during his playing days.
75 Asked to name something he always wanted to do but never did, Mancini replied: "Play for Real Madrid."
76 Mancini was also asked the question: "Who's your master?" His one-word answer: "Eriksson."
77I t was Eriksson who gave Mancini his first crack at coaching by making him assistant boss at Lazio in 2000.
78 Mancini claimed he learned from the Swede 'how to pause and how to think'.
79 The Italian needed all of his cool after seeing his Inter team involved in the most extraordinary brawl in Champions League history in 2007 as Valencia knocked them out. Valencia's David Navarro, a non-playing substitute, ran on to the pitch at full-time and broke the nose of Inter's Nicolas Burdisso.
80 Mancini's 2005 Champions League bid had also ended shamefully. Their quarter-final against neighbours AC Milan had to be aban- doned after Inter fans threw missiles on to the pitch and one hit goalkeeper Dida on the shoulder. Inter were fined £132,000.
81 Mancini hasn't enjoyed much luck in the Champions League. His sacking as Inter boss was sealed when they were dumped out of the competition by Liverpool in 2008.
82 The other factor was his realisation that the club had been negotiating with Jose Mourinho behind his back. That's why he could sympathise with Mark Hughes over the circumstances which brought him to City.
83 At the time of his exit from the San Siro, Mancini was believed to be the highest-paid football manager in the world, on a salary of £9.3m a year.
84 Mancini still had four years left on his contract when he was fired. He finally accepted around £3.5m in compensation.
85 Mancini moved to London after his departure from Inter - partly to brush up on Premier League football, and partly to improve his English so he could take on a top club job over here.
86 He was linked with the manager's jobs at Sunderland and Blackburn soon after moving to England. Last summer he was offered the chance to take change of Notts County, shortly after Eriksson's arrival as director of football.
87 Mancini appears to have given up a crack at next summer's World Cup to take charge at City. He declared an interest in coaching Nigeria at the start of this month, shortly before beginning negotiations with the Blues.
88 The new City boss is a tough taskmaster. Argentinian midfielder Diego Simeone, who played for Mancini at Lazio, described him as "very rigorous and serious in his work".
89 He has set up a temporary home at a city centre hotel and enjoys dining out at nearby Italian restaurants.
90 Mancini is the ninth Italian to manage a team in England. The first two were Sampdoria team-mates of his - with Vialli taking charge of Chelsea early in 1998, around the same time Attilio Lombardo began a brief spell as manager of Crystal Palace.
91 He is one of five Italian bosses currently working in this country. Along with Ancelotti at Chelsea, and Capello with England, there is Gianfranco Zola at West Ham and West Brom's Roberto Di Matteo, who is an Italian national despite being born in Switzerland.
92 If he does lead City to the top four this season, he will become the first man to do it since Tony Book in 1978.
93 Mancini has been in the City job for less than a fortnight but the Eastlands faithful have already come up with a chant for him: "He comes from Italy, has pasta for his tea."
94 City's fans could have worked 'he drives a Bentley' in there as well, because he does. Mancini is passionate about cars.
95 City's boss also owns 25 per cent of Kirafu Yachts, an Italian company which makes boats.
96 When he's not watching football, Mancini loves to take in a game of tennis.
97 Mancini's favourite sportsman is Roger Federer.
98 Mancini likes to spruce himself up with a dab of Creed Millesime Imperial cologne.
99 Ken Barlow has a big role to play in City's push for glory - because Mancini has pledged to watch Coronation Street regularly in order to improve his English.
100 Finally, you might like to know that 'Roberto Mancini' is an anagram of 'ambition corner', which sounds positive.