Currently the most experienced and longest serving manager in the Premier League, Arsene Wenger is close to ceding the managerial position.
Despite his admission yesterday that he is scared of retirement, he will not continue to remain at the helms of Arsenal’s affairs. Given the stability and financial power of the club, coaches are already eyeing the enviable position of Wenger and that includes former Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini.
The exit of Mancini from the San Siro has raised speculation over his future. Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, who reported the departure of Mancini from Inter Milan, claims Mancini has set his sights on taking over the batten from Arsene Wenger.
For the purposes of the claim, Pedulla believes that Wenger could be coming to the end of a very long stay at Arsenal, and so leave a vacancy for Mancini at some point before next summer.
That’s Mancini’s priority, and he’ll continue to work for it, regardless of what choices he makes over the next few weeks. It is uncertain who would take over from Wenger but he will be given the privilege to pick his successor and I doubt the Italian will be a choice for Wenger.
Mancini has Premier League experience at Manchester City, and of course won the title with them in 2012. The Italian also built up a reputation, deservedly or not, of being abrasive at the club and falling out with people.
He also played for Leicester City in 2001 when he joined the club on loan from Lazio.