Mancini as the new coach of Italy

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini had been widely expected to be given the Italy job Credit getty images

Roberto Mancini has been confirmed as Italy's new coach. Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after the four-time world champions failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 but they have now settled for the former Manchester City and Inter Milan boss.

The striker, 27, played under Mancini at Inter Milan and Manchester City but has not played for Italy since 2014. His personal sacrifice was giving up on a reported €13 million in earnings from his former club Zenit St Petersburg as the two sides mutually agreed to terminate his contract.

With the Italian football Federation 53-year-old has signed a two year contract.

The FIGC said it had "concluded an agreement with Roberto Mancini who will hold the position of coach of the national team".

"It went the way we wanted, we are happy and Roberto is happy", Fabbricini told journalists. "We'll certainly talk with Mario and we'll probably bring him", the newly-appointed boss continued, discussing upcoming friendlies with Saudi Arabia, France and the Netherlands.

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The ref punished the young keeper for coming off his line early to save Dutch spot-kick before ordering the penalty to be retaken. A distraught Corcoran was in tears as he was forced to hand his goalkeeper shirt to defender Oisin McEntree.

Meanwhile, Mancini has a solid track record as a title-winner.

The Italian guided Manchester City to FA Cup and Community Shield glory although the highlight of his management career thus far undoubtedly came in the 2011/12 season when he steered City to their historic first ever Premier League title.

He never became a regular with Italy during his 10-year global 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 3rd in the 1990 World Cup on home soil. He takes over from Luigi Di Biagio, the U21 coach, who took charge on an interim basis after Italy crashed out of qualification to Sweden.

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