Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Out to lift Italy high - Mancini (2)

Roberto Mancini Roberto Mancini has been handed the daunting task of rebuilding Italy
Kayla Schwartz | 16 May, 2018, 01:23

Roberto Mancini outlined his plans to take Italy back to the top and recall maverick forward Mario Balotelli to the line-up after he was presented as their new coach on Tuesday.

The 53-year-old former Manchester City manager quit as Zenit Saint Petersburg coach on Sunday, saying he now felt free to open talks with Italy. He replaces Gian Piero Ventura who was sacked in November after they failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Balotelli, who has not played for Italy since the 2014 World Cup, featured under Mancini at both Inter Milan and Manchester City.

Rome: Former Manchester City and Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has been given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italian national team six months after their shock failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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He signed his new deal later in the day. "We'll certainly talk with Mario and we'll probably bring him", the newly-appointed boss continued, discussing upcoming friendlies with Saudi Arabia, France and the Netherlands.

"To coach the national team is a reason to be proud for anyone". "It went the way we wanted, we are happy and Roberto is happy", Fabbricini told journalists after the contract was signed in Rome.

In Mancini, Italy has a coach with a solid track record as a title-winner with 13 trophies in club football. He led Manchester City to their first EPL title in 44 years in 2012, and won three Serie A titles with Inter Milan.

Mancini is under no illusions that the rebuild task will be a tough one, but while others are making plans for this summer's World Cup, what can we expect from the new Italy boss? He takes over from Luigi Di Biagio, the U21 coach, who took charge on an interim basis after Italy crashed out of qualification to Sweden.

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