Roberto Mancini has been appointed Italy‘s new head coach.

Mancini recently stepped down from his position as manager of Zenit St Petersburg after the club released a short statement confirming that the two parties agreed to an early termination of his contract effective from Monday.

The 53-year-old met with FIGC officials to sign a two-year deal in Rome to become Italy’s new head coach.

Roberto Mancini has signed a two-year deal to become the new Italy manager

Roberto Mancini has signed a two-year deal to become the new Italy manager

Roberto Mancini has signed a two-year deal to become the new Italy manager

Despite not making a statement on what his next job will be, Mancini became the favourite to take over the vacant role after Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti both pulled out of the running. 

Claudio Ranieri, currently with French club Nantes, had also previously been mentioned in connection with the job. 

Italy have been searching for new leadership since November, when Gian Piero Ventura was dismissed in the aftermath of a disastrous two-legged play-off defeat by Sweden that meant they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958. 

Antonio Conte had supposedly been eager to reprise his role as Italy head coach

Antonio Conte had supposedly been eager to reprise his role as Italy head coach

Carlo Ancelotti turned down the job in order to concentrate on club football

Carlo Ancelotti turned down the job in order to concentrate on club football

Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti had also been linked with the vacant Azzurri post

Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio took the reins for March friendlies against Argentina and England.

Italy host Saudi Arabia in St. Gallen, Switzerland on May 28 before matches against Russia-bound France and Holland early next month. 

They also have meetings with Ukraine and the United States scheduled for later this year.

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