Mancini lands Italy job

15 May 2018 04:00:08 EST

Italy have ended their long search for a new coach by appointing Roberto Mancini on a two-year contract.

The Azzurri have spent six months searching for Giampiero Ventura's successor having parted company with him after his failure to guide the team to this summer's World Cup.

It will be the first World Cup since 1958 that the Italians have not featured in and Mancini's job will be to refresh an ageing squad.

The 53-year-old has enjoyed plenty of success at domestic level having taken Inter Milan to three successive Serie A titles before moving to Manchester City.

Mancini guided the Citizens to their first league title in 44 years when they clinched the Premier League in 2012, the Etihad Stadium outfit having lifted the FA Cup the previous year.

Since leaving City in 2013, Mancini has taken charge of Galatasaray and returned to Inter Milan for a brief period, most recently working for Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

Mancini had his contract with Zenit terminated by mutual consent on Sunday and has now penned a contract with Italy until 2020.

Mancini, who won 36 caps for Italy, will take charge of the team for the first time on 1st June when they face France in Nice before taking on the Netherlands three days later.

The first task for Mancini will be to secure qualification for Euro 2020, a competition his nation are 16/1 to win.

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