Mancini dismisses Italy job rumours

Inter Milan head coach Roberto Mancini says he’s honored to be considered a possible replacement for Italy coach Antonio Conte, but dismissed speculation linking him to the job.

Conte is reported to be joining Chelsea after Euro 2106, and Mancini has been one of the names linked to the national team position.

However the former Manchester City boss insists he is staying at Inter for now.

“It’s always an honour to have your name linked with the national team but for now I don’t think so,” Mancini told reporters in Coverciano on Monday. “We’ll see in the future.”

The Nerazzurri have attracted plaenty of criticism in the second half of the season, following a strong start to the campaign.

However, after leading the pack during the opening stages of the campaign, Inter have dropped to fifth position and 13 points adrift Serie A leaders Juventus, but the former Manchester City manager insists he just shrugs it off, as he understands that sometimes things don’t go your way in football.

“That’s Italy,” he added. “Whether things are going well or not I just do my job – sometimes you get it right, other times you get it wrong.

“I’m used to Italian football by now and I don’t worry about the plaudits or the criticism. I think you should be judged at the end of the season.”

“We made people think we could win the title. Obviously if we were up there with five matches remaining we’d have a chance.

“We always knew there were four better teams than us in the league but that doesn’t mean we can’t finish third. That was our objective at the start of the season and we hope to achieve it – if we got third it would be a great season for us.”