Mancini turned down Portsmouth over limited transfer kitty

Roberto Mancini was never likely to make the move to Portsmouth, it has been revealed.

Roberto Mancini was never likely to make the move to Portsmouth, it has been revealed.

The Times says the takeover by Sulaiman Al Fahim is for significantly less than the £60million mentioned elsewhere and is not expected to herald substantial investment in the team.

The appointment of Paul Hart on a two-year contract will be seen as a low-budget alternative to Mancini, who met al-Fahim in France this month but was unimpressed by the transfer funds likely to be on offer.