Roberto Mancini blames Brexit for failure to land England job

Rob McCarthy

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has revealed why he failed to land the England job and also his hopes for the future.

The 52-year-old is currently out of work after leaving Inter Milan last summer but enjoyed four years in England, during which time he led City to an FA Cup win and their first ever Premier League title.

Mancini, who is still on the lookout for another job, admits he would prefer to manage abroad but revealed that the England job was very much on the cards following Roy Hodgson’s exit after Euro 2016.

In an interview with former West Ham striker Paolo Di Canio on Sky Sport, via Calciomercato, he revealed: “It would have been a great experience, I could have been appointed but in the end nothing happened, negotiations collapsed also due to Brexit.

“There are several clubs interested but I know nothing about my future. I’d prefer to coach a foreign team because it’s great to learn new lifestyles and mentalities. It would be nice to return to Premier League as well.”

Mancini has also revealed that Inter came close to signing City stalwart Yaya Toure last summer.

“I don’t know why Toure did not join Inter. Signing him was difficult during my first year at Inter but last summer there was a concrete possibility to sign him. He didn’t join Inter and I don’t know why.

“He’s a great champion, just like Pirlo. He has amazing physical skills, he’s a true professional and it looks like Man City will offer him a new contract, he’s a true champion.”