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Italy set to name Roberto Mancini as new national team coach

Italy set to name Roberto Mancini as new national team coach

"@FIGC has reached an agreement with Mancini to start in the role and there will be an official presentation tomorrow at 12:00 CEST in Coverciano".

The former Man City manager has signed a two-year contract with the Azzurri.

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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.

Mancini's appointment will likely signal a return to the national team for Mario Balotelli.

Mancini arrived in Rome on Monday morning after parting company with Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg at the weekend.

It won't be easy though, as the four time champions failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Mancini's first match in charge will be a friendly against Saudi Arabia on May 28 before further friendlies with France and Holland on June 1 and 4.

Mancini, meanwhile, said he would be proud to coach Italy, telling Italian radio, "If one day I got the chance to sit on the national team bench it would be something attractive".

Mancini won a surprisingly modest 36 caps for Italy and never played at a World Cup, although he was an unused member of the 1990 squad.

However, admirers will remember more fondly his 2012 Premier League triumph with Manchester City-at the time their first top-flight title in 44 years-as well as winning three Serie A crowns with Inter between 2006 and 2008.