By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
With Spain's bigger clubs eyeing up Mallorca's established young stars, Manzano will probably have to unearth a hidden gem or two if they are to stay up.
The glory days of the first ever trip to the Champions League look to be well and truly over and what remains is quiet contemplation over what happened. Perhaps what the team needs most is a period of stability, following last season's three coaching upheavals and Manzano certainly appears the man to give them a platform to build upon.
Luis Aragones jumped ship in the summer of 2001 for Atletico Madrid and was replaced by Bernd Krauss who was relieved of his duties early in the season. Sergio Kresic took over, only to find himself out of a job in April.
What could be Mallorca's saviour is in keeping striking duo of Albert Luque and Samuel Eto'o, despite the best efforts of a number of sides to lure them away.
Both will be desperate to prove they are capable of playing for a bigger side and the duo are certainly capable of scoring plenty of goals between them.
Luque's transfer to Deportivo broke down with his father and agent Rafael claiming 'irreparable difficulties', whilst Eto'o was one of Spurs' plethora of striking targets that have so far failed to bear fruit.
Although the oldest keeper is 26, with Miki and Leo Franco, Manzano is adequately stocked in this department and they will certainly be given the opportunity to impress this season.
The defence will once again hinge on Miquel Soler and Miguel Angel Nadal, yet with a combined age of 73, Mallorca are certainly susceptible to pace. Indeed right back Javier Olaizola at 32 could almost be counted as a youngster and only Fernando Nino is the likely starter under 30.
In midfield Manzano has another couple of veterans in Harold Lozano and Marcos, although the wingers show promise and if their delivery to Luque and Eto'o is of a high quality it could well turn Mallorca's season. Alvaro Novo and Ariel Ibagaza are both beginning to shine and may give Manzano some respite.
Like many of their peers, Mallorca's top two strikers are certainly a class apart from the reserves and only Leonardo Biagini is a quality reserve, if they were to lose Luque or Eto'o it would heap a massive amount of pressure on the remaining forwards.
All in all the prediction for Mallorca is a hit or miss affair. If Luque and Eto'o get back to form, the Islanders could find themselves in the top half of the table, but if one leaves, is injured or hits a bad patch, relegation looks a distinct possibility.
A veteran rearguard and capable goalkeeper may well keep them in games they should have lost but it looks like it will be a struggle for Manzano and president Mateo Alemany is certainly not frightened of showing the door to any under performing boss.
Planetfootball.com prediction 17th
Last season 16th
Star player: Samuel Eto'o
One to watch: Julian Robles
Ins: Harold Lozano (Valladolid), Poli and Cortes (Extremadura), Lussenhoff (Tenerife)
Outs: Siviero (Albacete), Paunovic (Atletico), Losada (Oviedo), Quinteros Roa Engonga