Former Manchester City boss wants to coach Ronaldo with Portugal

Roberto Mancini

Ex-Citizens manager Roberto Mancini, who was most recently in charge of Galatasaray, has admitted he would be open to managing the Portugal national team

Roberto Mancini would be open to the idea of managing Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portugal national team, if the opportunity presents itself to the Italian.

That is according to the former Manchester City manager himself who claimed, in an interview with Portuguese newspaper Record, that he would be keen on taking on the role and working alongside ex-Red Devils favourite Ronaldo.

"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," he told the news provider.

"If Portugal were to ask? It would be an honour."

The Italian’s comments come in the wake of Paulo Bento’s shock departure from the Portugal national team, following a surprise 1-0 home loss to Albania in the first of the Selecao’s qualifiers for the 2016 European Championships in France.

Bento had already been under pressure following a poor showing at the World Cup in which Portugal finished third in their group behind Germany and Team USA.

A 4-0 loss to Die Mannschaft, coupled with a 2-2 draw against the Americans, condemned Bento’s side to an early exit and had many predicting that the 45-year-old would step down.

But the ex-Sporting Lisbon manager remained in charge, only to be dismissed following the home defeat to Albania last week.

Mancini remains something of an outsider to take the top job, though he would not be the first foreigner to take on the role, with Luis Felipe Scolari previously excelling during five-year stint in the role from 2003 to 2008.

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