Mancini linked with Australia job

International Football

Roberto Mancini has reportedly expressed his desire to take charge of Australia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Australia are currently searching for a new manager following Ange Postecoglou’s decision to resign from the role on November 22, just two weeks after securing the nation’s place in Russia this year.

Several names have linked with the vacant managerial position, including those of former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, ex-Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and Swedish tactician Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Zenit St Petersburg manager Mancini, who led Manchester City to their maiden Premier League title in 2012, is now being credited with an interest after it emerged he is considering his options.

The 53-year-old is also said to be keen on taking the Italy job although the Azzurri failed to make it to the World Cup and the lack of a summer tournament could work against them in attracting high-profile names.