According to Daily Mail journalist Ian Ladyman, Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini revealed he isn't enjoying life in Turkey and wants to leave with Tottenham an ideal destination:
Further info tonight that Mancini wants to leave Turkey at season's end. Isn't enjoying lifestyle. Would love Tottenham.— Ian Ladyman (@Ian_Ladyman_DM) February 26, 2014
The 49-year-old Italian became a Manchester City legend in 2012 after he masterminded their Premier League title success, pipping Sir Alex Ferguson's side to the trophy with literally the last kick of the game.
12-months on from their emphatic win against Queens Park Rangers and the jubilation that it brought the club and fans, he was relieved of his duties in Manchester. An underwhelming fight to regain the title, along with an FA Cup final heartache at the hands of, eventually relegated, Wigan Athletic.
After his time at the Etihad, he was given the job with Turkish giants Galatasary, however, now it seems he could be looking for a quick route back to England, with Tottenham as a possible and likely destination.
Andre Villa-Boas became an early managerial causality this season after a 5-0 home loss to Liverpool became the straw that broke the camel's back and long-term coach Tim Sherwood took on the responsibilities, eventually earning a 18-month contract.
Despite the results and performances going well for Tottenham, it hasn't stopped rumours of their board of directors looking high and wide for possible managerial replacements. Last week, the current Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal voiced his interest in the possible role at White Hart Lane and indicated talks had happened.
Mancini may be the safer option due to his knowledge and experience in the Premier League and his managerial experience speaks for itself.
At this moment in time the decision to relieve Sherwood of his duties would be harsh. However, it's not often a coach of Mancini's calibre offers out his services - although there is one man who certainly won't be pleased if he is appointed, and that's Emmanuel Adebayor, who he froze out at Manchester City.
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