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Mancini open to Italy coaching job

AFP  |  Milan 

Zenit Saint-Petersburg Roberto said today he was open to taking over the vacant job as national

Mancini, 53, is being touted along with Chelsea and former Bayern Munich to take the reins of the demoralised four-time winners.

was fired as coach last November days after Italy's shock failure to reach final for the first time in 60 years.

Finding Ventura's successor has been complicated because the Federation (FIGC) has to elect a to replace who was also forced to resign.

"Before choosing a new coach it seems to me that we have to choose a new FIGC president," former Manchester City and Inter Milan boss told Italian talk show "Tiki Taka".

"But I absolutely don't rule out Italy, like the other coaches I think. When you're a coach you can rule nothing out."


Former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Juventus and AC Milan boss Ancelotti -- a three-time winner -- had been Tavecchio's choice.

But the 56-year-old, free since his sacking by Bayern Munich last year, has said he would prefer to stay in club management.

Former Juventus boss Conte, 48, coached from 2014 before joining Chelsea in 2016, winning the in his first season.

Conte revealed last year that he misses and plans to return to his homeland in the near future.

"Italy is my homeland, so once I have had some good experiences, formative experiences, important and life- changing experiences, I'll be back. I don't know when but that's the aim," he said in September.

The FIGC yesterday agreed their budget for 2018 and have set aside 5 million euro (USD 5.6m) to pay the new coach, despite a projected deficit of 9 million euros for the year, according to press reports.

Three candidates have their hat in the ring for FIGC presidency -- former Italy and Roma star Damiano Tommasi, now of the Italian Players' Union; Italian Professional League and FIGC

The election for president will take place on January 29.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 21:45 IST
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