Roberto Mancini wants Portugal job

Roberto Mancini wants Portugal job
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Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expresses a desire to replace the recently-sacked Paulo Bento as Portugal boss.

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has expressed an interest in the vacant Portugal job.

The Italian has been out of management since leaving Galatasaray in June, and the 49-year-old claims that it would be an "honour" to be offered the Portuguese job.

Paulo Bento was sacked following the country's shock 1-0 defeat to Albania in a Euro 2016 qualifier last Sunday.

"Would I go to Portugal? Of course," Mancini told reporters. "If Portugal were to ask? It would be an honour.

"You know more than me that Portugal has always boasted high quality football full of class and talent, producing some of the best players in the world. The Portuguese clubs have also impressed in Europe.

"Would I be the Portugal coach? It would be fantastic, because they are one of the most talented sides in European football and any coach would love that job."

Despite only spending nine months in Istanbul, Mancini did lead Gala to a Turkish Cup success last season.

Portugal's Portuguese manager Paulo Bento speaks to journalists after a training session for Portugal national football team at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 5, 2013
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