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In an interview with La Stampa, Paolo Di Canio revealed that Roberto Mancini had asked him to be his deputy on the Saudi Arabia bench. But after analyzing the situation, the former Sunderland coach declined the offer.
“It’s not just a no to petrodollars, it would have been an important experience in a soccer that invests to grow and impose itself. Roberto hadn’t offered me a marginal role, he wanted me to be second coach on the pitch to train and improve his players. He was proud, too, because we don’t have a special relationship: a few games of padel, a conversation and nothing more. He thought of me because he believes in my ideas and my work, and I thanked him. It wasn’t easy, I hesitated for a long time, but in the end I decided to follow my heart,” explained Paolo Di Canio.