May 27, 2018

Mancini appointed as new Italy Manager

16 May 2018, 01:27 | Brandon Parsons

Mancini takes charge of Italy

Roberto Mancini appointed new Italy boss with an aim of rebuilding squad for Euro 2020

New Italy boss Roberto Mancini said Tuesday that he was aiming to get the national team back to the top of worldwide football after its shock failure to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

The 53-year-old former Manchester City manager quit as Zenit Saint Petersburg coach on Sunday, saying he now felt free to open talks with Italy.

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

However, Mancini's first squad will be eagerly awaited and is expected to see the return of Nice forward Mario Balotelli, who he coached at Inter Milan and Manchester City.

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The Italian football federation made the announcement late Monday, saying Mancini will be introduced on Tuesday but without providing contract details.

It will be a first role in worldwide management for Mancini, who has left Russian club Zenit St Petersburg to take up the post. The Italy squad will convene on May 22 ahead of friendlies against Saudi Arabia (May 28), France (June 1) and the Netherlands (June 4). He also won Italian Cups with Inter, Fiorentina and Lazio. As head coach Italian since 2001, has won 13 titles, including victories in Serie A and the English Premier League.

Since leaving England in 2013, Mancini also managed Galatasaray, who he lead to a Turkish Cup title, and Inter Milan before joining Zenit in June 2017.

Roberto wanted to become the head coach of the Italian national team.

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