Roberto Mancini Set To Be Announced As New Italy Coach

Roberto Mancini has called for patience in rebuilding the Italy national team following the heartbreak of missing out on the 2018 World Cup.

The former Italy worldwide is now the head coach of Russian Premier League side Zenit St Petersburg, and will reportedly be taking over his new job after the final round of fixtures (13th May).

The Zenit St Petersburg manager met with the Italian FA sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta and team manager Gabriele Oriali for over two hours in Rome on Monday evening.

Former 3-times UEFA Champions League winning coach Carlo Ancelotti was previously reported to have been offered the job to manage the European giants (according to the same source).

"Not watching the national team at the World Cup won't be a good thing for us", Mancini told Gr Parlamento.

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Mancini, a former Italy player, has coached Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter Milan, Manchester City, and Galatasaray to titles.

He will succeed Giampiero Ventura, who was sacked following Italy's failure to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Luigi Di Biagio took charge of the team for their friendlies against Argentina and England in March on an interim basis. Antonio Conte and Claudio Ranieri, Premier League winners with Chelsea FC and Leicester City FC respectively, were also said to be in the frame for the job previously.

The 53-year-old former Italian global is confident however he can reach a deal with the Russians.

The former Lazio and Sampdoria forward never became a regular with Italy during his 10-year global career, during which he won 36 caps and scored four goals.

  • Adam Floyd