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Toni talks up Mancini to replace Klinsmann

Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni believes his compatriot Roberto Mancini would be the ideal man to replace Jurgen Klinsmann should the current coach lose his job at the end of the season.

Klinsmann is under constant pressure following his side's exit from the Champions League and not even winning the Bundesliga may be enough to take him into the second year of his contract.

The names of Ottmar Hitzfeld, Lothar Matthaus, Mehmet Scholl, Martin Jol, Mirko Slomka and Frank Rijkaard have all been mentioned as potential replacements, but Toni would like to see an Italian in charge.

He requested another Italian player be signed last summer and had his wish granted when Massimo Oddo joined on loan from AC Milan, but he is set to return to the Serie A side having failed to impress this season, leaving Toni alone once again.

Which is another reason why he would more than welcome the former Inter Milan coach.

"I don't know what is going to happen. We will have to see if Bayern continue with Klinsmann," he said on Italian television.

"I think a lot will depend on how the season ends. Then the club will see, but clearly if an Italian coach were to come, somebody as good as Mancini, then I think it would do everybody good, including Bayern."

Mancini is widely expected to return to football after a year off following his dismissal as coach of Inter at the end of last season, despite winning the Scudetto.

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