FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 is only three months away and it’s sad that we won’t have four-time winner Italy with us in the mega event. The four-time world champion failed to qualify for Russia 2018 and they are looking for their new manager who can lead them to next world cup in Qatar. Former Manchester City and Inter Milan coach, Roberto Mancini currently managing Zenit Saint Petersburg is the prime candidate alongside Claudio Ranieri, Antonio Conte, and Carlo Ancelotti. Azzurri is yet to finalize their boss, but according to major sports channels, Mancini is favorite among them to manage Italy’s squad in Russia.
Football Italia reports, “Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport believe Mancini is in pole position to replace Giampiero Ventura, following on from Thursday’s announcement that he was among four targets, alongside Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti, and Claudio Ranieri.”
The news came into limelight after FIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini suggested that under 21 boss Luigi di Biagio may not oversee Italy’s friendlies against England and Argentina next month. Mancini only joined Zenit last summer and successfully led the Russian giants to finish second in the Russian league and helped them to reach last 16 of Europa League. It will be a big ask if Russians allow him to let go and work for his country pride. However, if Azzurri can afford his wages, buying him out of his contract won’t be an issue and he’ll soon be serving for his country pride.
Italy has always been tournament favorite and it’s shameful that they won’t be competing in the tournament. Italy will be missing from FIFA World Cup after half a century and god knows what Italian football fans will be doing when most of the world will have an eye in Russia for the most prized possession in world football.