Manfredi: It’s ‘not easy’ to find a new manager

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It is “not easy” to find someone to take over the reigns of Italy at the international level, the head of the national human resources committee has said. 

Gianluigi Donnarumma, who also sits on the governing council, said the country’s current sporting directorate was not “a good fit” and the only man he knew with the right skills was Mario Balotelli, the striker. 

“The sporting directorates are not a good fit for me,” the 54-year-old said.

“The only person I know with the best skill in Italy is Mario Balletini.” 

Balotelli scored 17 goals in 34 Serie A appearances last season for AC Milan and the 30-year old is a man who is known for his “footballing charisma”.

“I do not have a manager.

I know that the Italian national team will have a coach in the next year,” Donnarumsma told Sky Sport Italia.

“We are not talking about a one-man team.

There are only nine people at the moment.”

Balotelli’s contract runs until 2020 and the midfielder’s future remains unclear.

“I would not want him here at the national level.

He is a bit too young for that,” the Italian coach said.

“I have no doubts about Mario’s quality.

I am sure he will improve and become a good coach in a year or two.”

Donnarummas said there were some “weaknesses” with the Italian federation but said there was “a great opportunity” for a young coach.

“There are some weaknesses but the federation has the right to be very clear,” he said.

“The national team can be very strong in the future.

There is also a great opportunity to take the Italian team to a level we cannot imagine without a new coach.”

Balletini is currently out of contract at AC Milan, but is thought to be keen on a move to Manchester United, which would give him a permanent switch to the Premier League.