The Italian FA have confirmed they wish for Roberto Mancini to remain as Italy’s national team manager.
Italy won last summer’s European Championship, beating England on penalties in the final of that competition, but there will be no Azzurri at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Italy suffered a shock World Cup qualifying defeat against Northern Macedonia on Thursday night and that means they’re the first reigning European champions in 16 years not to qualify for the following World Cup.
There was immediate speculation that Mancini could leave his position as Italy’s national team manager after that defeat and the 57-year-old was linked to the Manchester United job – United’s search for a new permanent manager is well under way.
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Those links are controversial considering Mancini managed United’s rivals Manchester City for a total of four years. However, it’s believed Mancini is not currently under consideration for the United job and the Italian FA also wants him to continue.
“This is football and when you are in sport, you have to accept these verdicts,” Gabriele Gravina told RAI Sport. “I am truly sad for our fans. The great joy we had over the summer remains, but also the great bitterness for this defeat. We did not expect it. These lads gave our country a wonderful dream just a few months ago.
“We must not rest on our laurels, though, and this evening again shows us that there is something we need to work on in our football movement. We need to understand what needs doing, for example resolving the problem of our younger players not getting playing time.
“I hope Mancini continues with us. He has a commitment with us for this project, I hope he can shake off this elimination just like all the Italians and that he remains at the helm to continue our work together. ”
Mancini is contracted with Italy until the summer of 2026.
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