Corriere della Sera says after defeat to Liverpool, Moratti and his fellow directors, Marco Branca and Lele Oriali, remained in the home dressing room with Mancini until past midnight trying to convince the coach to change his mind. Mancini was reportedly close to tears, explaining to Moratti that he could no longer handle the pressure coming from inside the club.

Meanwhile, Moratti is said to have confronted Mancini immediately after his official post-match media conference, snapping: "You could have warned me before you spoke to the press."

La Repubblica says with Roma hard on their heels, any wobbles in the remaining months of the Serie A season could see Mancini pushed out before the campaign is over.