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Italy appoints Roberto Mancini as head coach

Italy appoints Roberto Mancini as head coach

It will be a first role in global management for Mancini, who has left Russian club Zenit St Petersburg to take up the post.

Roberto Mancini attending press conference after being named as Italian national team coach on Tuesday, 15 May, 2018.

Mancini gave Balotelli his senior debut in 2007 during his first stint at Inter and also worked with him when he was in charge of Manchester City.

"To coach the national team is a reason to be proud for anyone". While the current Zenit boss played coy on the appointment to this point, he has officially signed a contract with Italy.

He is filling up the vacancy left by Gian Piero Ventura.

The Azzurri have been searching for a new manager since Giampiero Ventura left a year ago in the wake of their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

It is for the first time Italy failed to qualify for the tournament since 1958.

Mancini will stay at Zenit until the final round of Russian fixtures on May 13.

Luigi Di Biagio guided Italy in an interim role for recent friendlies. Meanwhile, current Nantes boss Claudio Ranieri was thought to be in the running.

With the Italian football Federation 53-year-old has signed a two year contract.

The Italian guided Manchester City to FA Cup and Community Shield glory although the highlight of his management career thus far undoubtedly came in the 2011/12 season when he steered City to their historic first ever Premier League title. Among his other managerial honours are four Copa Italias, three Serie A titles, as well as a Turkish Cup.

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