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Mancini given job of rebuilding Italy

AFP  |  Rome 

Former Manchester City and boss has been given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy's national team 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.

The Italian federation had been looking for a prestigious to rebuild an Azzurri side decimated after their play-off defeat to in the San Siro last November. The names of former Bayern Munich and Chelsea boss had also been touted, with Ancelotti reported to have said "no".

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

After his three-year contract was officially terminated by mutual consent on Sunday, the 53-year-old flew immediately to on Monday morning and signed his new deal later in the day.

His task will be to rebuild and qualify for the 2020 European Championships, with his first match in charge a friendly on May 28 against in said had proved his "great desire" to become the new coach.

The new coach's first press conference will be held Tuesday at 12:00 (1000GMT) at the at Coverciano near

"It went the way we wanted, we are happy and Roberto is happy," Fabbricini told journalists after the contract was signed in

"We'll explain everything about the contract tomorrow (Tuesday), 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

Mancini's first squad will be eagerly awaited and is expected to see the return of Nice forward Mario Balotelli, who he coached at 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.

He led Manchester City to their first title in 44 years in 2012, and won three titles with 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

He never became a regular with Italy 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. 09:35 IST
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