European Football - Mancini sorry to leave 'splendid' Galatasaray

Roberto Mancini has resigned as manager of Turkish giants Galatasaray.

European Football - Mancini sorry to leave 'splendid' Galatasaray

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Roberto Mancini (PA Photos)

The former Inter Milan and Manchester City manager took over the club last summer, but has left after a season in which his side won the Turkish Cup, but finished runners-up in the league and went out in the last-16 of the Champions League.

Mancini's predecessor, Fatih Terim, was fired after a poor start to the 2013-14 season despite having won back-to-back Super Lig titles and taken the side to the Champions League quarter-finals.

“As a coach I understand the demands of my club. When I accepted the post of Galatasaray coach the targets were different," said Mancini.

“In these eight months, though I came in during a season that had already been partly damaged, I have done my job with passion and in constant pursuit of victory.

“This was followed by Champions League qualification, the Turkish Cup and second place in the League.

“With regret, I leave Istanbul and the fans, which are both splendid. I give an affectionate goodbye to the President, the team and everyone I have worked with. They worked with talent and loyalty.”

Early reports claim that Mancini agreed to a mutual decision to end his contract early, despite the fact that his quick exit may have cost him a vast financial bonus.

Eurosport Turkey have confirmed the existence of a pay-off clause, and that Mancini will receive no compensation having agreed to leave.

The fact that he agreed to leave without compensation has already sparked speculation that the 49-year-old has another job lined up - and with the hot seat at Southampton vacant following Mauricio Pochettino's move to Tottenham, bookies are already cutting odds on the Premier League-winning manager being in line for a quick return to the English top flight.

Mancini has also been tipped to return to Lazio, where he spent four years as a player and two as a manager, taking the Roman club to the UEFA Cup semi-finals, and winning the Coppa Italia.

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