Roberto Mancini expresses desire to return to Italy

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Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has made it clear Italy is his preferred destination should he look to return to managing anytime soon.

However, with Serie A his preferred final stop, he’s in no hurry to get there.

“I have time to come back to Italy, as I am still young,” the 48-year-old told Sky Italia. “Staying abroad, or being put in charge of a national team, could also be a good experience.”

Mancini has in the past spent time with Fiorentina, Lazio, and Inter on the touchline.  After being sacked rather harshly at City, he’s enjoying the stress-free environment of his current break.

“I’m happy with this time off. I’ve done this work for many years, and there is always so much pressure. Going forward relentlessly is not easy.”

Mancini was openly furious with City for the firing, and rightly so, given his successes there.  He was never in agreement, but a few days ago he finally opened up about his feelings.

“I deserved more respect for what I achieved” said Mancini. “In 3½ seasons with my staff, I believe I did an extraordinary job. City didn’t win a title for 40 years. I won a league, an FA Cup, a Community Shield and, in the worst season, I lost a final and finished second. Two months after my sacking, I still don’t understand the reasons and the timing.”

There have been rumblings ever since his firing that he could be headed to AS Roma.  Although he moved to quell those rumors in the short term, he was openly impressed with what the Giallorossi are building.

“Roma? No, I never had direct contact” the Italian told Corriere dello Sport. “But we’re talking about a big club with lots of prestige who are going through a rebuilding phase.  That would be an adventure with its own charm.  Never say never.”

Could Mancini end up in charge of Michael Bradley at Roma? Apparently, never say never.

Newcastle’s Krul on crutches after injury in Dutch win

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Tim Krul of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United’s horror start under Steve McClaren just got worse.

Magpies No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Krul is on duty with the Netherlands, and was forced from the Dutch’s 2-1 win at Kazakhstan in Euro qualifying action.

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Krul left the game after landing awkwardly on his knee, and left the stadium on crutches.

Newcastle’s back-up keepers are Karl Darlow, new from Nottingham Forest, and veteran Rob Elliot.

The Magpies are in 20th place, without a win through eight Premier League matches.

McClaren’s crew just finished a brutal run of matches that saw Newcastle face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.