Roberto Mancini Keen To Take on Azzurri Roleby Mick Bates / 11 July 2014, 10:24Tweet
Former Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini has expressed his thrill at being linked to the vacant managers role for the Italian National football team. The job was left vacant when Cesare Prandelli resigned as manager following the side's first round elimination in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Ironically, Prandelli has turned out to be the replacement for Mancini with the Turkish side helping to keep the managerial merry-go-round turning.
Mancini has been interviewed by the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport and was quoted as saying "...To see that Azzurri fans want me as coach makes me proud." He played down reports that he had been contacted by the Italian Football Federation and that it was just rumours linking him to the role, however, he added "'...I repeat that I would love to coach at national level".
In the betting to take on the role, Mancini has recently moved to odds on with Paddy Power having been at 15/8 last week. According to the bookies, he faces competition to the role from Francesco Guidolin who left his coaching role at Udinese at the end of May to take up a supervisory role with the Friuli outfit. However, Guidolin was understood to be looking to move away from coaching so it would be doubtful for him to take on another managerial role so soon. Also in the mix is former Milan coach, Massimiliano Allegri, but he has been quoted recently as saying that he does not know if he would be keen to take on the role with the next president of the Italian Football Federation still to be decided.
Next Italy Manager Odds
4/5 Roberto Mancini
10/3 Francesco Guidolin
9/2 Massimiliano Allegri
14/1 Fabio Capello
20/1 Carlo Ancelotti
(Odds courtesy of Paddy Power)