Roberto Mancini is considering to become Italy’s national team coach, starting this summer.
Mancini, who is currently under two-year contract with the Russian football team Zenit St Petersburg, had a meeting with Alessandro Costacurta, who has been appointed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) to choose a new coach for the team, at his home in Rome, Italy.
According to Roberto Fabbricini, CONI’s commissioner, there was a meeting on Monday, attended by Costacurta, the team manager Gabriele Oriali and Mancini. At it, Mancini said he is willing to terminate his contract with Zenit and start coaching Italy’s national team, starting this summer.
Carlo Ancelotti, the former coach of Bayern Munich, also met with Costacurta recently, but neither him or Mancini can discuss official terms, until terminating their contracts.
With only two games remaining for Zenit, however, it is very likely for Mancini to become the new coach of the team. If so, he will be replacing Azzurri’s present coach Gian Piero Ventura, who was sacked due to Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Roberto Mancini won not one, but three consecutive titles with Inter Milan in the 2000s. He also guided Manchester City to the Premium League title in 2012. Playing for Italy in Euro 1988, earned him the privilege to be part of the 1990 World Cup team, but unfortunately he couldn’t play.
In a press release, Mancini said it would be an honour for him, as a Italian to be coaching the national team. However, he said he is not going to rush to any decisions and will consider the facts carefully.
Costacurta, not only said, but insisted the new coach to start early this summer, before the friendly games against Saudi Arabia, France and Netherlands. The next competition Italy’s national team is going to face, is the UEFA National League, starting this fall, with games against Poland and Portugal.