Notts County are preparing yet another audacious swoop, and are now tracking the former Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini as the man to replace Ian McParland as their new coach.
reported on Monday, McParland was harshly sacked from his Meadow Lane post after just 12 games of the season with The Magpies lying in a respectable fifth place in League Two. Monday night's 2-2 draw with Torquay, seemingly the final straw for the board.
Initial reports suggested that the Magpies' director of football Sven Goran Eriksson would assume a pitch-level role and take over the management reigns, but instead it seems the Swede will offer former colleague Mancini the post.
County, who were bought out by rich new owners in the summer, have a five-year plan to get into the Premier League, and weren't prepared to wait around under McParland, despite the club's workable league position.
Now Eriksson is said to have begun his attempts to woo 44-year-old Mancini by offering the Itailian a contract worth a staggering £10 million. Mancini has been out of the gae for eighteen months, so may take some persuading.
The former Inter coach was approached about the role earlier in the year, and was set to be installed with David Platt as his assistant, but negotiations fell through. This time the former Leicester City player may be ready for his return to England.
The Italian has stated his desire to work in England again, and a reunion with Eriksson, who Mancini worked under at Lazio in 2000, could be the perfect opportunity.