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Roberto Mancini favourite to land Italy job

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Former Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, is thought to be favourite to land the Italy job, after Cesare Prandelli announced his resignation following a poor World Cup campaign.

Italy won their opening game against England 2-1, thanks to goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli. However, a shock 1-0 defeat against Costa Rica, followed by a second 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, means the 2006 winners find themselves out of the tournament at the earliest possible stage.

Responsibility

The Italian FA did not want Prandelli to leave, but the coach took responsibility for the team’s failure and announced his decision to step down following the game, which was largely overshadowed by Luis Suarez's apparent bite of Giorgio Chiellini.

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Prandelli was in charge at Italy for the past four years and had recently been handed a new two-year contract, but Mancini, who agreed to mutually terminate his contract with Galatasaray at the end the season, is now favourite to take over the job managing his home nation.

Balotelli past

Mancini has had some trouble with star player, Mario Balotelli, in the past, when he managed the player at Inter Milan and, particularly, Manchester City, which forced him to sell him to AC Milan.

However, Mancini insisted that he sold the player for his own good – as the English media had taken a fancy to the amusing striker – so hopefully, for Italy’s sake, neither of the two will have any problems working alongside each other once again.

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