Roberto Mancini is new Italy head coach after World Cup failure

• Former Manchester City manager succeeds Gian Piero Ventura
• Italy failed to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1958

Roberto Mancini, the former Manchester City manager, has been confirmed as the new head coach of Italy. He succeeds Gian Piero Ventura, who was sacked in November after Italy missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

The 53-year-old will begin the job in the unlikely setting of a friendly against Saudi Arabia in Switzerland on 28 May and one of his first decisions will be whether to recall Mario Balotelli, whom he often clashed with when the pair were at City. Balotelli has not been called up by Italy since the 2014 World Cup.

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via Football | The Guardian

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