Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini is being lined up as the next Italy manager according to The Sun.
The ex-Inter head coach has spearheaded the Etihad Stadium side’s recent assault on English football, with the trainer delivering the Premier League title on the last day of 2011-12.
Despite this, Mancini is yet to sign a new contract, however there have been rumblings of a new deal potentially being negotiated with club owner Sheik Mansour this summer.
Italy are in disarray ahead of Euro 2012, with another round of football betting scandals blighting the national team’s preparations.
A 3-0 defeat to Russia in their last friendly before the competition in Ukraine and Poland has the Azzurri fans worried, and Cesare Prandelli’s position is thought to be under threat if the side do not perform this summer.
With a tough-looking Group C comprising of world champions Spain, Republic of Ireland and Croatia to negotiate, reports in Italy are stating that Prandelli will lose his job should he not lead the side through the group stages.
As such, Mancini is being earmarked as a possible replacement after winning domestic titles in both England and his homeland.
By Gareth McKnight