Former Man. City coach Mancini takes over as Italy Manager

Former Man. City coach Mancini takes over as Italy Manager

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

According to the latest reports from Gazzetta dello Sport, Mancini will now return to Italy and finalise a two-year contract worth €4million (£3.5million) with the nation's football federation to become the new Azzurri head coach.

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is a possible replacement at Zenit for Mancini, the Russian club's deputy sporting director Vyacheslav Malafeev told Russia's RIA Novosti news agency.

Mancini is the permanent successor to Giampiero Ventura, who was sacked in November after the Azzurri failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

He will hold his first press conference on Tuesday at 12:00 (1000GMT) at the national team's training centre at Coverciano near Florence.

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"We'll explain everything about the contract tomorrow, he's very happy and so are we".

Since leaving the Etihad in 2013 he has managed Galatasaray and Inter again before being appointed Zenit boss last June.

Italy next plays Saudi Arabia in a friendly May 28, ahead of games against France and the Netherlands.

Former Italy, Sampdoria and Lazio striker Mancini was all smiles Monday but made no other comment on possibly taking over at the Italy helm.

He never became a regular with Italy during his 10-year worldwide career, during which he won 36 caps and scored four goals.

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