Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini named new Italy manager

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini named new Italy manager

The Azzurri have been searching for a new manager since Giampiero Ventura left previous year in the wake of their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

A lack of talent was never the problem here, and this is why it was so important to get the appointment right.

The names of former Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had also been touted, with Ancelotti reported to have said "no".

He had earlier served as Inter Milan and Manchester City coach.

The 53-year-old Mancini terminated his three-year official contract with Zenit Saint Petersburg with mutual consent and immediately flew to Rome Monday to sign his new two-year deal.

He signed his new deal later in the day.

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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.

Mancini, a former Lazio and Sampdoria forward, had said coaching the national side would be "extraordinary" and would allow him to fulfil his dream of winning the World Cup.

Reports in today's Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that the ex-Inter man will also favour a 4-2-3-1 system, with a squad selection based upon the most talented young players along with some more experienced heads.

It did not give any further details other than to say he would be officially presented on Tuesday at the team's training base in Florence.

"There are a lot of players in Italy, even in hard times we can find players with quality. He is one of those players we should take a new look at".

They were eliminated in the group stage at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, although they have done better at the European Championship, reaching the final in 2012 and the quarter-finals in 2016.