Mancini agrees to take on Italy coaching job

The former Italy worldwide is now the head coach of Russian Premier League side Zenit St Petersburg, and will reportedly be taking over his new job after the final round of fixtures (13th May).

"We agreed that we will start talking of figures and details on May 13, at the end of the Russian championship".

Italy, now at an all-time low of 20th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, have been without a permanent coach since November when Gian Piero Ventura was sacked following their failure to qualify for this year's World Cup in Russia.

Assuming Mancini takes over the job, his first key target will be to qualify for UEFA Euro 2020.

Balotelli, who has not played for Italy since the 2014 World Cup, featured under Mancini at both Inter and City.

The former Manchester City manager had been considered a frontrunner for the post, with Carlo Ancelotti among the other names reportedly in the frame.

It was widely reported this morning that the Zenit St Petersburg Coach had met with the Federation to discuss the CT role, and that has now been confirmed.

Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri had been a secondary candidate.

Mancini led City to the Premier League title in 2011-12 and had spells in charge of Inter and Galatasaray before joining Zenit in June 2017.

If Mancini indeed takes over the job in mid May, he'll be managing the Italian National Team in three friendlies against Saudi Arabia on May 28th, France on June 1st and Holland on June 4th.

  • Joey Payne