World Cup winner Marcello Lippi poised for sensational return to Italy as technical director ‘leaving manager Roberto Mancini unhappy at not being consulted’
- Marcello Lippi, 72, is close to returning to Italy as new technical director
- He won the World Cup and is one of the most decorated figures in Italian football
- Current Italy boss Roberto Mancini is reportedly ‘unhappy’ he wasn’t consulted
- Mancini is said to have ‘three big offers’ on the table from English clubs
World Cup winning manager Marcello Lippi is close to returning to Italy as new technical director, risking the fury of national team manager Roberto Mancini.
It is understood the iconic former boss, who won the most coveted trophy in international football in 2006, will have an operational role with input in a managerial capacity alongside Mancini.
But the former City manager is reportedly ‘unhappy’ at the decision which has been taken without his input, according to Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport.
At 72 years old Marcello Lippi is set to return to the Italy national set-up as technical director
Lippi, 72, is understood to be set to play an institutional role very similar to that of Oliver Bierhoff in Germany.
Lippi met with FIGC president Gabriele Gravina for lunch in Tuscany and showed his willingness to return to the Italy fold and fill the new role of supervisor.
It is reported that the idea of handing the role to Lippi had also been suggested around five years ago, but the plan had to be abandoned due to the previous FIGC regulation for sports agents in relation to the activity of his Lippi’s son, Davide.
Italy boss Roberto Mancini is reportedly ‘unhappy’ he has not been consulted on Lippi’s return
Now with the new Sporting Agents regulation, approved by the Coni National Council in May, article 18 of the new rules states there is no longer the above obstacle.
Mancini could have held the double role but in the end president Gravina preferred to place this task with the former World Champion coach Lippi, who led Italy to glory against France in 2006.
Reports in Italy now suggest Mancini will reconsider his own position as manager of Italy, with ‘three big offers’ from English clubs said to be on the table.
Mancini has been a big hit in the national role so far, with 10 wins out of 10 in Euorpean championship qualifying while promoting several young players through to the senior ranks.
Lippi guided Italy on their path to becoming world champions at the 2006 Germany World Cup
Lippi will sign a two-year contract and, in the case of Italy qualifying for the next World Cup, he will be confirmed for a further 12 months as part of an extension clause.
Lippi remained in the managerial sphere up until as recently as last year, when he resigned from his post as manager of the China national team in what was his second…