Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone falls under the spell of Hull’s rugged charm
Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone has revealed he wouldn’t mind extended his loan spell at Hull City until the end of the season because he rather likes the place. Despite being warned off the place that topped the Crap Towns list in 2003, the 22-year-old has discovered he is quite at home in the luxurious surroundings of Kingston-upon-Hull.
He said: “If both the club and myself are still happy in January, why not? I’m settled now in Hull, we got seven points from the last three games so we need to build on this.
“I’m just beginning to see how Hull is, and I’m [pleasantly] surprised because people did not say so many nice things about it, but I like it – it’s at the seaside, and it’s less busy than London.”
Some in-depth OTP research (Wikipedia) revealed, firstly, that Jimmy Wales is a scary bloke and, secondly that Mannone is from a place called Desio in northern Italy.
Further research (finger and thumb held up to Wikipedia page) showed that Desio is just about as far from the sea as you can get in Italy. The sudden influx of sea air has obviously gone to Mannone’s head.
And someone should tell him that there are more pleasant English seaside resorts than Hull, including some that are actually at the seaside rather than on an estuary.