Mancini named new Italy boss

Roberto Mancini Named Italy Head Coach

Roberto Mancini Named Italy Head Coach

"It's a hard period and much needs to be done", said Mancini, who left his post at Zenit by mutual consent with the Russian club to take over Italy.

The post of chief coach of the national team of Italy, Mancini was replaced by Giampiero Ventura, who led the "Squadra Azzurra" for the first time since 1958, failed to reach the final stage of the world Cup.

At his introductory press conference at Italy's training ground Coverciano on Tuesday, Mancini said there was much work to be done but his goal was to restore the fortunes of the four-time world champions.

"The failure to qualify for the World Cup caused mourning and this shows how important it is for our country", he added.

He will give up a reported 13 million euros in wages over the two remaining years on his Zenit contract to do national service.

Mancini was then free to sign a deal with the Azzurri, one that has quite clearly filled the boss with pride.


The Italy squad will convene on May 22 ahead of friendlies against Saudi Arabia (May 28), France (June 1) and the Netherlands (June 4).

"It went the way we wanted, we are happy and Roberto is happy", Mancini told journalists after the contract was signed in Rome. We are happy, Roberto is happy.

Mancini, a former Italy player, has coached Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter, City and Galatasaray to titles.

Mancini, a former Lazio and Sampdoria forward, had said coaching the national side would be "extraordinary" and would allow him to fulfil his dream of winning the World Cup.

He never became a regular with Italy having a love-hate relationship with the national side during his 10-year global playing career, during which he won 36 caps and scored 4 goals.

Luigi Di Biagio had been in interim charge of the senior side during the hunt for a long-term successor, with Carlo Ancelotti and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte among the other leading candidates.

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