Zenit are fifth in the Russian Premier League, ten points behind already-crowned champions Lokomotiv Moscow with one match left. The Russian club are reportedly reluctant to let Mancini leave and the Italian Football Federation FIGC do not want to pay any compensation to release him from his contract. The former Italian international joined the Russian club last year on a three-year deal thought to be worth 4.5 million euros ($5.3 million) a year.
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The annual budget for the future Italy coach and his backroom staff has been fixed at five million euros. Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after losing to Sweden in November. Italy's under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio has been filling the position on an interim basis. During his 17-year coaching career Mancini led Manchester City to their first English league title in 44 years in 2012, and won three Serie A titles with Inter Milan. He also won Italian Cups with Inter, Fiorentina and Lazio.
How Mancini's Italy could look:— ItalianFootballTV (@IFTVofficial) May 4, 2018
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"Mine was a choice, I want to coach a club," Ancelotti told Milan TV. "It was a difficult decision, but I have to listen to what I feel. "Roberto Mancini is an excellent coach, he is motivated and has international experience. If the next coach was him, I think the national team would be in good hands."
Bad news for Italy hiring Mancini. Very overrated coach IMO. A world class scout when signing players but that's no use internationally. Man-management is poor, tactically poor as his terrible record in Europe shows. Only won with Inter cos of Calciopoli & lucky Man Utd collapsed— Carlo Garganese (@carlogarganese) May 1, 2018
Ancelotti says he Italy would be in safe hands with Mancini, he wants to coach a club and won't have a problem returning to Serie-A. Also says it's always easier when the players speak your language.— hash (@hashim0307) May 7, 2018