Italian on shortlist.The Russian Football Union (RFU) are set to take the unusual step of naming the candidates shortlisted for the country’s managerial vacancy with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini expected to be among them.
The list will be made public by the RFU tomorrow, with Mancini expected to be joined by ex-England coach Fabio Capello and Barcelona’s most successful ever manager Pep Guardiola, reports ESPN.
Russia need a new coach after Dutchman Dick Advocaat stood down following a disappointing Euro 2012 that saw the eastern Europeans fail to progress from an easy-looking group.
Speculation is growing about Mancini’s future and the Italian avoided the media yesterday as City arrived in Austria for a pre-season training camp.
The Premier League Champions will be desperate to hold on to the Italian, who guided the club to their first top flight title since 1968 last season and is well-respected by fans and players alike.
But the RFU have confirmed that the shortlist will be announce tomorrow.
“Because of numerous reports about the so-called agreed candidates … and having former RFU chief (Sergei Fursenko) signing contracts with them, the RFU would like to officially state that at the moment, it has not signed any contracts with any possible candidates,” the RFU said.
“Also, on Tuesday, July 10, a list of coaches will be published on the RFU’s official website and with whom the RFU will start contract negotiations.”
Russia have been drawn alongside Portugal, Israel, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan and Luxembourg in Group F of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
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