Friday, May 23, 2008

Mancini will stay

Internazionale coach Roberto Mancini has an "80% chance of remaining at the club", according to the Nerazzuri managing director.

The day after Mancini guided Inter to a third successive title, media speculation in England that he will leave Italy to take over at Chelsea has been rife.

But Inter's managing director Ernesto Paolillo believes there is a strong chance that Mancini will remain in Milan.

"There is an 80% chance that Mancini will remain at the club," he said.

"Mancini will have a meeting with the club president (Massimo Moratti) to decide on a mutual programme."

Mancini's relationship with Moratti has been under scrutiny since the 43-year-old coach said in March he wanted to leave at the end of the season, following his team's elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool.

Mancini changed his mind 24 hours later after a meeting with Moratti.

That, however, did not quash speculation linking former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho with the Inter hotseat this summer.

"Had nothing happened against Liverpool we wouldn't be talking about this," said Paolillo.

"The fact is that the team wants Mancini to stay and he needs clarity."

Mancini chose not to answer questions about his future following Inter's title win.

The former Lazio boss, who is under contract with the Nerazzurri for a further three years, has become the most successful Inter coach of the last 30 years, winning two Coppa Italia titles, two Italian Supercups and three scudetti.

Inter can still claim the double later this month if they beat Roma in the Coppa Italia final.

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