The Italian admits he was envious of the Portuguese coach’s historic success at San Siro the season after he was sacked by former Nerazzurri president Massimo Moratti
Roberto Mancini admits he was jealous of Jose Mourinho winning the treble with Inter and concedes it was a “daft” decision to rejoin the Serie A club for a second spell.
Despite winning three consecutive league titles in his first stint at San Siro, the Italian was sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2008.
The Portuguese subsequently steered the Nerazurri to glory in Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League during a historic 2009-10 campaign – and Mancini has confessed that Mourinho’s success grated with him.
“I didn’t expect to be fired,” Mancini told Gazzetta TV.
“I read the article in the morning and some doubts emerged in my mind. [Massimo] Moratti called and told me he’d made this decision.
“Did he mention Mourinho? No. I must thank Moratti anyway, because he gave me the opportunity to be the coach of Inter in an important moment of my career.”
When asked about Mourinho, Mancini replied: “I think he’s a good coach. Am I jealous about the treble? That’s a natural emotion, but I believe things happen because they were meant to happen.”
Mancini led Manchester City to their first Premier League title in 44 years in 2012 but was sacked the following season after finishing second.
The 50-year-old then spent a campaign at Galatasaray before agreeing to a surprise return to Inter as Walter Mazzarri’s replacement last November.
“I was waiting for a call from abroad more than a return to Italy,” said Mancini.
“Above all, I never would’ve thought of a return to Inter. People do a lot of daft things in life and I did this, because it seemed unthinkable to go back where you have already won so much.
“It’s true, I thought we’d have a better final result that season, but I still believe this is my only side to have improved so much in five months.
“It didn’t happen so quickly at Galatasaray, Manchester City or even my first Inter.”