Mancini appointed Italy head coach

Mancini appointed Italy head coach

ROME
Mancini appointed Italy head coach

Former Manchester City and Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has been given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy’s national team, the Italian football federation (FIGC) has confirmed.

Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after the four-time world champions failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup for the first time in 60 years after losing a playoff to Sweden last November.

The 53-year-old’s task will be to rebuild the national side and to qualify for the 2020 European championship.

Italian FA commissioner Roberto Fabbricini said Mancini has been chosen because he “had a great desire to sit on the Italy bench and he proved it in a concrete way.”

“It went the way we wanted, we are happy and Roberto is happy,” Mancini told journalists after the contract was signed in Rome.

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