Mancini reveals he is open to a return to management in Italy.
Manchester City fans have bought a full-page advert in Tuesday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport to thank former boss Roberto Mancini.
As reported on their official site, the pink paper printed a special message from the City fans which read: “Grazie Mancini. Per sempre uno di noi. Once a blue, always a blue. Manchester City Supporters.”
It comes in response to the Italian’s gesture in the Manchester Evening News two weeks ago, as he praised the City supporters for their backing during and after his stint in charge of the club.
The 48-year-old was sacked following their FA Cup final defeat to Wigan earlier this month, while they failed in Europe and came second to city rivals Manchester United in the Premier League.
As a result, the club owners looked to go in a new direction, one which didn’t involved Mancini and with speculation suggesting that Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini will replace him.
Meanwhile, Mancini has failed to rule out the possibility of a return to management in Italy, where he has already had a trophy-laden spell in charge at Inter.
With uncertainty surrounding the future at both Roma and Milan, Mancini has not ruled anything out as he looks towards his next job.
“Would I accept the Roma post? I am a professional and I’m ready to work anywhere,” he told Sky Sport Italia as reported by football-italia.net.
“I don’t rule anything out. Will I return to Italy? I don’t know, it’s too early to say,” he added.
There is undoubtedly question marks over whether he would be accepted at Roma considering his past playing days at bitter rivals Lazio. However, with Massimiliano Allegri still negotiating his split from Milan, it remains to be seen where the Giallorossi look next for their new coach.