Mancini's Italy head coach appointment paves way for Balotelli return

  • Mancini's Italy head coach appointment paves way for Balotelli return

Mancini's Italy head coach appointment paves way for Balotelli return

Roberto Mancini has been confirmed as Italy's new coach.

The 53-year-old has been handed the daunting task of lifting Italy out of the doldrums after their failure to qualify for this year's World Cup, the first time they will miss the tournament in 60 years.

The striker, 27, played under Mancini at Inter Milan and Manchester City but has not played for Italy since 2014.

Experience, a willingness to work with young players and an ability to make sacrifices were essential qualities that the FIGC needed to look for while they sought to appoint a new man to lead the Italian national team forward. The former Zenit boss, who has agreed to a contract of 2 years has the responsibility to rebuild the national side and to qualify for the 2020 European championship.

Roberto wanted to become the head coach of the Italian national team.

Mancini left his job at Zenit St. Petersburg on Monday by mutual consent.

He signed his new deal later in the day.

"We'll explain everything about the contract tomorrow (Tuesday), he's very happy and so are we". "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. As head coach Italian since 2001, has won 13 titles, including victories in Serie A and the English Premier League.

Since then Mancini has guided Galatasary to Turkish Cup glory before steadying the ship in his second stint at Inter Milan. While with the Sky Blues, Mancini also won the 2011 FA Cup. He was in the Italian squad that reached the semifinals of Euro 1988, and was in the squad that finished third in the 1990 World Cup on home soil.