Italy appoints Roberto Mancini as head coach

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini

Mancini, as had been widely predicted, was named as the new national team coach to replace the hapless Gian Piero Ventura, sacked in November after Italy missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup. The new coach's first press conference will be held Tuesday at 12:00 (1000GMT) at the national team's training centre at Coverciano near Florence.

"Roberto had a great desire to sit on the Azzurri bench, he proved that in a concrete way".

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Head coach Roberto Mancini of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg enters the pitch prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 match between RB Leipzig and Zenit St Petersburg at the Red Bull Arena on March 8, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany.

Sky Sports Italia reported yesterday that Mancini has now agreed a two-year deal and will sign a contract in Rome today.

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

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"Everything went as we wanted". 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 will also prepare Italy for a friendly against France on June 1 in Turin which could be the final worldwide game for goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon.

Mancini led City to their first English league title in 44 years in 2012, and won three Serie A titles with Inter Milan.

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

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