May 21, 2018

Roberto Mancini Confirmed as New Italy Manager

16 May 2018, 01:26 | Marlene Myers

Roberto Mancini has been handed the daunting task of rebuilding Italy

Roberto Mancini

Gli Azzurri sacked Ventura after failing to qualify for this summer's World Cup.

One of Mancini's first decisions will be whether to recall maverick striker Mario Balotelli, who he often clashed with when the pair were at Manchester City.

They were eliminated in the group stage at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, although they have done better at the European Championship, reaching the final in 2012 and the quarter-finals in 2016. Carlo Ancelotti appeared to be the number one choice for the role, however the former Bayern boss reportedly turned down the opportunity to take the job due to an apparent dislike for some of the internal politics within the Italian FA.

The 53-year-old Mancini terminated his three-year official contract with Zenit Saint Petersburg with mutual consent and immediately flew to Rome Monday to sign his new two-year deal.

Meanwhile, Mancini has a solid track record as a title-winner.

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The FIGC said it had "concluded an agreement with Roberto Mancini who will hold the position of coach of the national team".

Since then Mancini has guided Galatasary to Turkish Cup glory before steadying the ship in his second stint at Inter Milan. Mancini says "Mario is an Italian player".

Zenit finished 5th in the Russian Premier League, failing to qualify for the Champions League but qualifying for the Europa League.

Luigi di Biagio had stepped up from the Under-21s to take interim charge of the senior national side but will now make way for Mancini.

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