Roberto Mancini turned down the role of Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United, according to the former Inter Milan coach's agent. Mancini has been out of a job since he was sacked by the Nerazzurri in the summer, despite leading them to a third successive Serie A title.
However, he recently revealed he is hoping for a return to management in time for next season. The 44-year-old has been linked with several clubs, including Chelsea, but according to Giorgio De Giorgis, he could have joined one of the London club's main Premier League rivals.
"I really believe that next year he will return to coaching a big club," he told Udineseblog.it. "I think that everyone aspires to have someone like him, he has showed on the pitch how well he knows how to make his teams play and that he knows how to win.
"Where will he go? He would want to go abroad. A little while ago there was contact with United but they were offering him only the role of Ferguson's assistant. And that didn't suit him."Mike Phelan is United's current assistant manager, having replaced Carlos Queiroz when he became Portugal coach in September.