Roberto Mancini has put his name forward for the Italy manager's job when current manager Cesare Prandelli steps down after the 2014 World Cup, reports the Express.
Mancini, who was sacked as Manchester City manager after a trophyless season in 2012/13, certainly has the pedigree to manage the national team.
The former Inter boss helped City to their first ever Premier League trophy, but will have to beat current favourite Antonio Conte to the coveted role.
Conte, who currently manages Juventus, sits in an attractive position for the Italian national team after guiding Juventus to the Serie 'A' title last term.
According to reports in Italy, the Italian Football Federation have begun their search for Prandelli's successor.
When questioned, Mancini told Italian news agency ANSA: "Prandelli is there right now, so we’ll have to see what will happen in the future."
"But the national team is certainly not something secondary to anything, it can only be a priority.
“It will all depend on what the project for the future is, but, I repeat, the national side is always the national side.
“Today the tactician is Prandelli so we need to leave him in peace as he has got a hard year ahead of him.”
Mancini began his managerial career back in 2001, taking over at Fiorentina after ending a distinguished 20-year spell as a player.
He went on to manage Lazio, Inter and then the Citizens, but is currently out of work after his exit from the Etihad Stadium.
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