Mancini Does Not Want Italy Job

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Zenit St. Petersburg manager, Roberto Mancini says he is focused on his team and not interested in managing Italy.

The Italian Football Federation sacked Gian Piero Ventura, after they failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Mancini, who once coached City and Inter has been drawn into discussion for the role, with Ancelotti, Capello and Cannavaro also mentioned.

However, the 52-year-old has no plans to leave Zenit, where he took charge in June.

“I am not surprised my name has been mentioned on the list, seeing as they also discussed colleagues with experience who won in various different countries,” Mancini told Match TV.

“But I am happy at Zenit and in St Petersburg, so I am not thinking about the Nazionale.

“My objective is to win the Russian league title.”

Mancini, whose Zenit are second in the Russian Premier League and three points adrift of Lokomotiv Moscow after 16 games, added: “Like many of my fellow countrymen, I dreamed of seeing Italy at the World Cup in Russia. Seeing them crash out gave me tremendous sadness.

“I was born after 1958, the last time our team failed to qualify for the World Cup, so I didn’t know what it meant to not be there. Now I can admit it feels surreal and extremely sad.”



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