Roberto Mancini - who has expressed an interest in leading the Socceroos at the 2018 FIFA World Cup - says he would like to coach Italy's national team, describing the possibility as an honour.
12 Jan 2018 - 7:34 AM  UPDATED 12 Jan 2018 - 7:54 AM

The Italy job has been vacant since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked in November after their failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Carlo Ancelotti, another potential candidate, has already said he is not interested at the moment.

Mancini, a gifted forward in his playing days, won a surprisingly modest 36 caps for Italy and never played at a FIFA World Cup, although he was an unused member of the 1990 squad.

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Roberto Mancini has become the latest coaching luminary to express an interest in leading Australia into action at the FIFA World Cup.

"I have a dream, which is to win as a coach something I never won as a player: the World Cup," the 53-year-old former Manchester City and Inter Milan coach told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I have worked at big clubs and won. It's beautiful to coach the national team. It would be an honour, a source of pride - and winning the European championship or World Cup even more so."

Mancini, coach of Russian side Zenit St Petersburg, said the long periods without seeing his players, something many national team coaches complain about, would not be a problem.

"I've worked on the pitch as a player and coach every day for 40 years," he said. "I'm still young, I can go back to club football after the national team."