Monday 22 January 2018

Mancini set for return to dugout with Galatasaray

Galatasaray have opened talks with former Manchester City and Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini, the Turkish club have confirmed.

Fatih Terim was sacked as Galatasaray coach earlier this week after rejecting a contract extension. Terim, who is also in charge of the Turkish national team, was voted out at a meeting of the club's board of directors.

"President Unal Aysal and chief executive Lutfi Aribogan have met with Roberto Mancini," Galatasaray posted on Twitter, attaching a picture of the Italian alongside Aribogan.

Mancini (48) has been out of work since being dismissed as Manchester City manager in May after a three-and-a-half-year reign at the Etihad Stadium. The Italian's term there included a Premier League title success in 2012 and 2011 FA Cup glory.

Galatasaray – who in January spent heavily on the likes Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder – have had a disappointing start to the season, taking only seven points from five league games, while they suffered a 6-1 thrashing against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Irish Independent

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