May 20, 2018

Roberto Mancini Set To Be Announced As New Italy Coach

02 May 2018, 01:05 | Rufus Hill

Roberto Mancini

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini set to appointed as Italy's new manager

Zenit Saint Petersburg manager Roberto Mancini is close to taking helm at the Italy national football squad.

Mancini told Italian radio on Monday he had not undergone talks with the Italian Football Federation but now appears to have been charged with qualifying Italy for the Euros in 2020.

Mancini is said to be the favourite to replace Gian Piero Ventura, who was sacked after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the showpiece in Russian Federation.

"We agreed that we'll start to talk about figures and details on May 13, at the end of the Russian season".

If Mancini does take the job, it could signal a return to the national team for Mario Balotelli.

Negotiations with Mancini picked up after Carlo Ancelotti reportedly turned down the job. The Italian FA had previously set a deadline for the appointment of a new manager before 20th May 2018.

The former Sampdoria and Lazio forward (he won Serie A with both, as a player), has won league titles at Manchester City and Inter Milan. Among the other names being touted are Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and former Leicester coach Claudio Ranieri, now in charge of French club Nantes.

Italian dailies Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport yesterday said that Zenit St Petersburg manager Mancini had agreed help revive the fortunes of the Azzurri.

If Mancini indeed takes over the job in mid May, he'll be managing the Italian National Team in three friendlies against Saudi Arabia on May 28th, France on June 1st and Holland on June 4th.

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