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Money no obstacle to Mancini’s Italy ambitions

Florence (Italy) (AFP) – Roberto Mancini said Tuesday he had no problem severing his multi-million euro contract with Zenit Saint Petersburg to jump at the chance to coach the struggling Italian national team. The former Italy international had two years left on his lucrative three-year deal with the Russian club, bankrolled by energy giant Gazprom, worth an estimated 13 million euros ($15.4m). But he heard the national call after Italy’s failure to make the World Cup finals for the first time in six decades. “It’s a beautiful thing to represent the national side in a time of difficulty,” Mancini said ... Read more

New Italy coach Mancini vows to restore Azzurri pride

Florence (Italy) (AFP) – New Italy coach Roberto Mancini on Tuesday said he wanted to restore pride in the national side six months after their shock failure to qualify for the World Cup. “Not going to the World Cup is difficult for those who, like us, have always been cheering for the national team,” Mancini told a press conference at the national training centre at Coverciano, near Florence.  “I feel the need to do something for the national team and think it’s the right time for me. I want to build something for the years to come and bring Italy ... Read more

Mancini given ‘dream’ job of rebuilding Italy

Rome (AFP) – Roberto Mancini will hold his first press conference on Tuesday a day after being handed his “dream” job as Italy head coach with the task of reviving Azzurri fortunes six months after their shock failure to qualify for the World Cup. Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after the four-time world champions failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Mancini — former coach of Manchester City and Inter Milan — will meet the media for the first time as Italy boss at 12:00 (1000GMT) ... Read more

Ex-Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini slams ‘envious’ Gullit

Milan (AFP) – Former Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has slammed “envious” Ruud Gullit after the Dutch great suggested the Italian had failed to prepare the club’s players for the start of the season. Mancini was replaced by Frank De Boer, Gullit’s former teammate in the Dutch national side, when he was sacked by the Italian giants on the cusp of the Serie A season. Inter invested heavily in players during the summer but have made a terrible start under De Boer, losing away to Chievo in their league opener and then being held to a 1-1 draw at home ... Read more

Mancini takes a bow as Inter confirm exit

Milan (AFP) – Coach Roberto Mancini said his farewells to the blue and black stripes of Inter Milan Monday after the club confirmed his exit, amid media reports the Serie A giants’ new Chinese owners wanted fresh blood to rejuvenate the team. “F.C. Internazionale Milano confirms that it has parted company with head coach Roberto Mancini by mutual agreement,” the club said in a statement, adding it wanted to “place on the record” its thanks to the Italian coach. Mancini is tipped in the media to be replaced by Dutch coach Frank de Boer. The club’s Chinese owners, the Suning ... Read more

‘Disrespectful’ Roberto Mancini hit with fine and ban

Photo credit: AFP Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has been handed a fine and a one-match ban by Serie A officials following a series of incidents at Sunday’s 3-0 derby defeat to AC Milan. Mancini was sent from the touchlines in the second half after arguing with the fourth official when the referee failed to award a penalty after Milan ‘keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma clashed with striker Eder. As Mancini was entering the players’ tunnel, he offered a one-fingered gesture to AC Milan supporters and then afterwards was involved in a foul-mouthed rant on live television. A Serie A statement on ... Read more

Mancini says ‘racist’ Sarri called him a ‘poof’ during Coppa Italia clash

Photo credit: AFP. Furious Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini blasted Napoli counterpart Maurizio Sarri a “racist” and claimed his rival called him a “poof” following a fiery finish to Inter’s 2-0 Italian Cup victory on Tuesday. Mancini and Sarri clashed on the touchline after Adem Ljajic killed off the quarterfinal tie at the San Paolo stadium in Naples in injury time to add to Stevan Jovetic’s opener. “Maurizio Sarri is a racist and men like him have no place in football,” fumed Mancini to RAI TV after the game. “He used racist words. He started insulting me and then shouted ... Read more

Roberto Mancini’s broken Inter may soon get exposed by Serie A

Each start of Inter’s last few seasons has been greeted with talk of a revitalized side, one that could finally challenge for the scudetto. This year, sitting fourth but just two points back of Roma after 10 Serie A rounds, they’re looking even more likely to be successful. But despite this proximity to the top, it’s clear Inter have quite a ways to go before they truly dominate again. The majority of the sides they’ve faced sit in the bottom half of the table. In their play, there’s a disconnect within the side, and it feels as though individual effort ... Read more