Federation Looking to Prolong Contract of Italy Coach Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini could receive an extension even though he openly stated that he plans to leave after Qatar 2022. The two parties are nearing an agreement that might be announced in short order, Repubblica reports. The new deal would make sure the coach is not lured away by a rich club before the World Cup. It will run at least until 2024, but it could last even longer, and would net the gaffer a pay bump from €2M to €3M per year.

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina, who was confirmed as head of the FIGC earlier in 2021, is a major supporter of Mancini, whose results with the Azzurri have been excellent. They are negotiating the secondary elements of the contract, such as the performance-related bonuses, image rights and the staff, which was recently expanded with additions of Gianluca Vialli and Daniele De Rossi. Moreover, the former Inter manager could see his role grow and become coordinator of all the national teams.

Italy has put together a lengthy undefeated streak with him at the helm and punched their ticket to the final four of the Nations League, which they will host in October. Mancini has “restored the value of Azzurri brand” after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, according to Gravina. He has also given a clear identity to the squad and integrated the new talents with the old guard. The coach, alongside some colleagues, is trying to lobby to have a 26-roster at Euro 2021, but so far UEFA has not opened to such possibility.