Mancini Emerges As Strong Candidate

Last updated : 01 June 2009 By Jim Bonner
Roberto Mancini has emerged as one of the favourites to take the manager role at Fratton Park, although Sven Goran Eriksson is still the favourite.

The former Inter Milan boss has won many trophies during his stint as a manager having won the Coppa Italia in his first season as Fiorentina manager during 2001 and then winning it again with Lazio in 2004.

He won the trophy consecutively in 2005 and 2006 with Inter before landing his first scudetto during the 05/06 season when the nerazurri won the league by default because of the calciopoli scandal that saw 1st place Juventus relegated and 2nd place AC Milan deducted points.

With lack of serious challenge Mancini built an Internazionale side that cruised the league the following two seasons until a dispute with the chairman got him the sack and he was swiftly replaced by Jose Mourinho.

It's safe to say that given Mancini's record I'd be delighted if he was given a try in England. He is said to speak English fairly well given his short stint at Leicester as a player a few years back and despite his unproven record in this country he'd be a big name that would be able to attract big players.

Only time will tell if he is appointed as manager and if he'd be a success in England but there are more likely men to be the next Portsmouth manager according to the bookies including Avram Grant, Paul Ince, Greame Souness and Slaven Bilic. But there is one name who has the Pompey fans talking more than most...

Harold Redknapp is at shorter odds than Mancini to become the next Pompey manager and I wouldn't put it past him to come back. Of course, there will be hoards of angry Pompey fans who don't him back and I'd be one of them. I, like most other fans have had enough of his hyperbole and his disloyalty and don't want any more to do with him despite what he did for us.

I expect more names to be linked in the future but I still believe it will be Sven in the hotseat come August.