Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Roberto Mancini Becomes Italy's New Head Coach

Roberto Mancini Becomes Italy's New Head Coach

We'll definitely talk. He's one of those players we should take a new look at'.

Although FA Cup and Premier League glory followed, alongside cult-hero status with the City support, a volatile relationship between player and manager ended with Balotelli joining AC Milan in January 2013.

The two-year contract reportedly worth two million euros ($2.3 million) a year will see Mancini lead Italy to Euro 2020 with the option to extend until June 2022 before the World Cup in Qatar.

Mancini will stay at Zenit until the final round of Russian fixtures on May 13. "I want to be a good coach and take Italy back to the top of the world and of Europe", Mancini said at his presentation at the Italian Soccer Federation's Coverciano centre near Florence.

He never became a regular with Italy during his 10-year worldwide career, during which he won 36 caps and scored four goals.

Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after losing to Sweden in November.

Mancini said: 'Amid such a hard period, I thought this could be the right time (to take the job)'.

This will be Roberto Mancini's first global appointment.

"It went the way we wanted, we are happy and Roberto is happy", Fabbricini told journalists.

"To coach the national team is a reason to be proud for anyone".

Mancini's arrival as Italy boss has sparked rumours that Mario Balotelli will be recalled to the global scene after a fine season with Nice, scoring 26 times in 37 appearances.

With calls to bring in younger players to the national team, Mancini supports a youth movement. "I ask them to show the dreams that are in their hearts". "There will be space for everyone who plays well but we've got to also build for the upcoming years, so age will count".

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