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Mancini given 'dream' job of rebuilding Italy

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will hold his first press conference on Tuesday a day after being handed his "dream" job as head with the task of reviving Azzurri fortunes six months after their shock failure to qualify for

have been without a permanent since was sacked after the four-time world champions failed to qualify for for the first time since 1958.

-- former of Manchester City and Inter Milan -- will meet the media for the first time as boss at 12:00 (1000GMT) at the at Coverciano near

"Roberto is the new coach of Italy, it's done," declared after signed his new deal in on Monday night.

"There is satisfaction, also on the part of Mancini - his enthusiasm was decisive in the choice. Roberto had a great desire to sit on the Azzurri bench, he proved that in a concrete way."

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 in

The Italian federation had been looking for a to rebuild an Azzurri side decimated after their play-off defeat to in the San Siro last November.

The names of former Bayern Munich coach and Chelsea boss had also been touted, with Ancelotti reported to have said "no".

Mancini had shown an early interest in taking over the national side and was ready to sever his lucrative contract with

He will give up a reported 13 million euros in wages over the two remaining years on his Zenit contract to do national service.

After his three-year contract with the Russian club was officially terminated by mutual consent on Sunday, Mancini flew immediately to on Monday morning declaring at the airport he was "happy to be back in Italy". He signed his new deal later in the day.

His task will be to rebuild and qualify Italy for the 2020 European Championships, with his first match in charge a friendly on May 28 against in

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

"We'll explain everything about the contract. He's very happy and so are we." He will also prepare Italy for a friendly against on June 1 in which could be the final international game for goalkeeping legend

- Balotelli return -


Mancini's first squad will be eagerly awaited and is expected to see the return of Nice forward Mario Balotelli, who he coached at Inter Milan and Manchester City. Balotelli has not played for Italy since

In Mancini, Italy have a coach with a solid track record as a title-winner with 13 trophies in club

He led Manchester City to their first title in 44 years in 2012, and won three titles with Inter Milan. He also won Italian Cups with Inter, Fiorentina and Since leaving England in 2013, Mancini also managed Galatasaray, who he lead to a Turkish Cup title, and Inter Milan before joining Zenit in June 2017.

Zenit finished fifth in the Russian Premier League, failing to qualify for but qualifying for the

Mancini, a former and Sampdoria forward, had said coaching the national side would be "extraordinary" and would fulfil his dream of winning the World Cup.

He never became a regular with Italy having a love-hate relationship with the national side during his 10-year international career, during which he won 36 caps and scored four goals.

He reached the semi-finals of Euro 1988, and was in the squad that finished third in on home soil.

had stepped up from the Under-21s to take interim charge of the senior national side but will now make way for Mancini.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 15:10 IST
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