Italy Appoint Mancini As New Manager

Roberto Mancini has been named the new manager of Italy a day after he left his post at Russian club Zenit St Petersburg.

Mancini, 53, signed a two-year deal to succeed Gian Piero Ventura, who was sacked after Italy’s failure to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

It will be a first role in international management for Mancini, who once handled English Premier League club, Manchester City.

He led Manchester City to their first title in 44 years in 2012.

Since leaving Etihad Stadium in 2013, Mancini has managed Galatasaray and Inter Milan before joining Zenit in June of 2017.

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He agreed a mutual termination of his contract with the Russia club on Sunday and will now manage his country, for whom he played 36 times.

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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