Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Zenit St Petersburg coach Roberto Mancini quits amid Italy head coach rumours

Robert Mancini is poised to succeed Gian Piero Ventura as Italy coach Robert Mancini is poised to succeed Gian Piero Ventura as Italy coach
Patty Aguilar | 14 May, 2018, 13:36

Italian Federation (FIGC) commissioner Roberto Fabbricini said last week that Mancini had agreed in principle to become the next manager of the four-time world champion, which failed to qualify for the World Cup after defeat to Sweden in a two-leg playoff.

His 45th and final competitive fixture at the helm will come on the final day of the Russian Premier League season when Zenit, now fifth and 10 points adrift of champions Lokomotiv Moscow, entertain bottom club SKA-Khabarovsk at Saint Petersburg Stadium.

"The contract was cancelled by mutual consent of the parties without any indemnity payments".

However, Mancini remained tight-lipped when asked if his decision had anything to do with the Italian national job.

Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio took the reins for March friendlies against Argentina and England.

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"I want to emphasise that the move to leave Zenit was exclusively my own", Mancini told the club's website. "It has nothing to do with the club or the national team".

The 53-year-old has been heavily linked with the Italy job, the Azzurri now seeking a new head coach following the dismissal of Gian Piero Ventura.

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.

Mancini has won a total of 26 trophies in his career, 13 as a player and also 13 as a manager, including three Italian Serie A titles with Inter Milan and the English Premier League title with Manchster City.

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