x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Mancini in Galatasaray talks, says club

Former Manchester City manager could be brought in to replace Fatish Terim with Turkish champions struggling to win matches.

Manchester City won the FA Cup and the English Premier League title under the management of Roberto Mancini. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters
Manchester City won the FA Cup and the English Premier League title under the management of Roberto Mancini. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

PARIS // Roberto Mancini, the former Manchester City manager, was on the verge of taking charge of Galatasaray on Sunday after holding talks with the Turkish giants.

Galatasaray, who sacked Fatih Terim last week, confirmed on Twitter that they had met with the 48-year-old Italian in Istanbul.

“President Unal Aysal and chief executive Lutfi Aribogan have met with Roberto Mancini,” the club announced by posting a picture of the three men on Twitter.

Mancini was sacked as manager of Manchester City in May – a year to the day after leading the club to the English Premier League title.

His time at City saw the club win a first major trophy in 35 years with the 2011 FA Cup, while the 2011/2012 Premier League title was their first top-flight crown since 1968.

Galatasaray, the defending Turkish champions, have endured a miserable start to the season despite boasting the talents of Didier Drogba, the former Chelsea star.

They are in 10th place in the league table with just seven points from five games, eight points behind Fenerbache, the league leaders.

They also suffered a 6-1 defeat at home to Real Madrid in their Uefa Champions League opening match.

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