Italian FA wants Roberto Mancini to remain as the head coach of the national team despite missing out on the World Cup spot.
Italy will not be participating in yet again another World Cup this year as they were knocked out by North Macedonia on Thursday evening.
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 underway.
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 want 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 didn’t expect it. These lads gave our country a wonderful dream just a few months ago.
Mancini is being linked with a move to Manchester United who are in the hunt for a permanent coach with interim boss Ralf Rangnick set to leave his role at the end of the current campaign.
“We mustn’t 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.