Italy appoints Roberto Mancini as head coach

Italy appoints Roberto Mancini as head coach

Rome: Roberto Mancini has been officially appointed as the new head coach of Italy, the Italian football federation (FIGC) confirmed on Monday.

Mancini replaces Gian Piero Ventura, who was sacked in November after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades.

A lack of talent was never the problem here, and this is why it was so important to get the appointment right. Carlo Ancelotti, also touted as a possible replacement for Arsène Wenger, is thought to have turned down an offer for the post.

And Mancini hinted his first squad could feature a familiar face from his title-winning sides at both Manchester City and Inter Milan, Mario Balotelli.

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

"We have not won the European championship for many years and that is our first big event".

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

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"To coach the national team is a reason to be proud for anyone".

"I'm happy about this for my parents too, I think they're delighted".

"I want to thank the commissioner, and the sub-commissioner Michele".

"I'm emotional", said Mancini, who won 36 caps for Italy as a player.

He added that he would call talented striker Mario Balotelli, who has been left out of the national team in recent years after getting a reputation for being a maverick.

"There are a lot of players in Italy, even in hard times we can find players with quality".

Mancini's first game in charge will be against Saudi Arabia on May 28 - the first of three friendlies in a week, with matches against France and Netherlands also scheduled. We'll definitely talk. He's one of those players we should take a new look at'.

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