I would love to coach Italy – Mancini


Roberto Mancini has stated his ambition to coach Italy and hit out at the new owners of Inter for bringing his time at the club to an end.

The 52-year-old left Inter by mutual agreement in August 2016 after less than two years in charge, with the club’s incoming Chinese owners opting to appoint Frank de Boer for a short-lived stint.

Mancini has been out of work since leaving the club, but expressed his desire to succeed Gian Piero Ventura as manager of the Azzurri and nurture the country’s new crop of talented players.

He told Corriere dello Sport: “Romantically, for many reasons, I would love to be the coach of the nazionale.

“There are many talented young Italian players coming through and I think in a couple of years we could see a really good Azzurri side.

“Domenico Berardi is very strong, then there’s Federico Bernardeschi, Federico Chiesa, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Manuel Locatelli and Roberto Gagliardini of Inter.”

Mancini had taken Inter to the top of Serie A in the previous season before securing a fourth-place finish, but the former Manchester City coach said the takeover by Suning Commerce Group spoiled his plans for the club.