Mancini's Italian job
- Thu 07 Jun 2012, 7:12AM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
Reports emerge this morning that Manchester City could face a battle to hold on to their Italian maestro.
With just over 24 hours to go until Euro 2012 finally gets underway,Roberto Mancini has emerged as the leading candidate to succeed Cesare Prandelli at Italy.
According to The Telegraph, the Azzurri have The City boss firmly in mind, if Prandelli leaves his post after the tournament.
The Italian chief is under a lot of pressure to produce this summer and a poor showing could well mark the end of his tenure.
As it stands, Mancini - who has said he would like to manage the national team one day - has just one year left on his contract. Discussions are reported to have taken place, but so far, no deal has been struck.
The Mirror reports the controversial striker says he is now happy to stay with The Blues, despite spending months in exile last season, after an apparent fall out with Roberto Mancini.
The paper says this raises concerns for Dzeko, who may be the fall guy, especially if the club signs another striker this summer.
Just on that subject, The Daily Star reports City could be waiting in the wings if Daniel Sturridge quits Chelsea.The 22-year-old lost his place in the starting line-up last season, and with Marko Marin and Eden Hazard joining the ranks, it’s unlikely he’ll get it back.
The paper says if Sturridge does move on, Roberto Mancini will be sitting up and taking note.