Mancini Becomes Italy Head Coach

It did not give any further details other than to say he would be officially presented on Tuesday at the team's training base in Florence.

"Zenit and Roberto Mancini have reached an agreement over early termination of his contract", Zenit said in a statement.

Roberto Mancini is the new coach of the Italian national team, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced on Monday.

Mancini's departure from Zenit St Petersburg, who he had managed since last June, was confirmed on Sunday, with the Russian club revealing his contract had been terminated by mutual consent.

He succeeds Gian Piero Ventura, who was sacked in November after Italy missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

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It will be a first role in global management for Mancini, who has left Russian club Zenit St Petersburg to take up the post.

Mancini, a former Italy player, has coached Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter, City, and Galatasaray to titles.

He will be meeting with his team on May, 22, at Italy's Coverciano training centre to prepare for his first game in charge in a friendly against Saudi Arabia in San Gallo on May, 28.

Luigi Di Biagio had been in interim charge of the senior side during the hunt for a long-term successor, with Carlo Ancelotti and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte among the other leading candidates.

Mancini, one of the highest-profile foreign coaches to join the Russian Premier League in recent years, signed a three-year contract with Zenit in 2017.

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