Roberto Mancini may have been sacked by Manchester City but he is unlikely to be out of work for long.
Reports in today’s newspapers have linked the Italian boss with moves to Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, Anzhi Makhachkala and Zenit St Petersburg.
Monaco have just won the French Ligue 2 title under former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri. However, now they have reached the top flight the club hierarchy believe they need a new man to lead them into a title race and Champions League qualification according to the Daily Express.
Billionaire owner ready to splash the cash
Monaco’s owner is Russian billionaire Dmitriy Rybolovlev. Now his team are in the top flight he is ready to splash the cash to build a squad that can compete with France’s other moneybags club, this year’s champions PSG.
Ranieri will of course count himself unlucky to be sacked after taking the club forward. The same thing happened to him a decade ago when Roman Abramovic took control of Chelsea. However, he has never forced himself into the forefront of European football in the way that the very top managers have.
More options for Mancini
Rybolovlev is thought to be impressed with Mancini’s record as a manager. Nine major trophies with four clubs in two different countries since 2001 is haul that few can match.
The Times report that PSG could also make a move for Mancini if their current boss Carlo Ancelotti leaves for Real Madrid. Mancini may also get offers from Napoli, Anzhi Makhachkala and Zenit St Petersburg.
Benitez on Monaco’s radar
Rafael Benitez is also believed to be in the Monaco owner’s mind as a candidate to lead the club into the future. The Chelsea interim boss has a chance to leave the club on a high with a Europa League trophy to add to the cabinet as well as qualification for next season’s Champions League.
It would be a superb achievement considering he has had to work in a highly hostile environment. He would see a win tomorrow night as his mission accomplished as he has reminded the football world that he is comfortable managing one of Europe’s top clubs.