Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Reports - Inter part company with Mancini

Roberto Mancini's time at Inter appears to be over after a fleeting meeting with the club's owner in Milan this afternoon.

The Nerazzurri boss was due for discussions with Massimo Moratti, but the talks lasted just 25 minutes.

Speculation has been building for some time that the 43-year old Italian was ready to step down at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, and it would appear that his time at the club is now drawing to a close.

The Serie A champions have not issued an official statement and Moratti left without making any comments to the waiting media.

Mancini has led Inter to three consecutive Scudetti and two Coppa Italia trophies, but has grown frustrated by the club's continued failings in Europe.

The former Lazio and Fiorentina boss has been heavily linked with the vacant hot-seat at English Premier League giants Chelsea, and his agent Giorgio De Giorgis admits that his client could be on the lookout for a new job in the near future.

"Is it finished? More or less, it seems to be, but I don't have any confirmation," De Giorgis told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Despite the constant speculation linking Jose Mourinho with the post, De Giorgis insists that any separation in Milan will be solely down to a decision made by the club, not Mancini choosing to walk away.

"I can only say that the news of his sacking, should it be confirmed, would come as a surprise," he said.

"It would be the club's decision, because Roberto has no intention of leaving and would not quit as he has too much respect for Moratti and all of the squad."

Former Porto and Chelsea boss Mourinho has been linked with the job for a couple of months and the Portuguese media are reporting that he will sign a four-year contract worth £5-million per season at Inter later this week.

Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport

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