Roberto Mancini, who tasted Premier League title success during his time in charge of Manchester City, has told Sky Sports that he hopes to work in England again at some stage.
The Italian spent three-and-a-half years at the Etihad Stadium, having been appointed to succeed Mark Hughes in December 2013.
He enjoyed considerable success with City, with the backing of owner Sheikh Mansour allowing him to piece together a world-class squad.
He ended the club’s long wait for major silverware with an FA Cup triumph in 2011, and followed that up with title glory a year later.
Mancini admits to thoroughly enjoying his time in the English top-flight and, while back at the helm of Serie A giants Inter Milan at present, admits he would welcome the opportunity to return in the future.
He told Sky Sports News HQ: “It is difficult. Before now, I never thought that I would come back to Inter. Football is strange. I would like to come back to England because the football is fantastic. I would like to have another experience in England in the future. It’s possible.”
Pressed on whether he would only consider offers from City, or approaches from any club, Mancini added: “I am a professional manager. I am very happy for what I did at City. If there is another chance with another team, this is life. It is clear that Manchester City is in my heart because when you work for three or four years and win some big titles, that is important.”
The 50-year-old former Leicester City forward is accustomed to working at the very highest level, so it would have to be an ambitious side that lures him back to England.
He is, however, committed to helping Inter rebuild for now, with the club having fallen a long way since his first spell at the helm – with delivered three Serie A crowns.
A likeable character, and one taken to their hearts by City supporters, Mancini would be a welcome addition to Premier League dugouts and may be an option several chairmen will now keep in mind.
Options for Mancini?
If Manuel Pellegrini were to end the 2014/15 campaign empty-handed, changes could be made at City. Would they be interested in bringing Mancini back?
Newcastle United have handed their managerial reins to John Carver until the end of the season, but will make a permanent appointment in the summer. They would welcome the presence of an experienced tactical brain on Tyneside.
How many years does Arsene Wenger have in him at Arsenal? Might Mancini be a good option for the Gunners a year or two down the line?
You get the feeling that any coaching tweaks at Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur or West Ham United would also see Mancini’s name thrown into the hat.