Mancini set for Italy job

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini set to appointed as Italy's new manager

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The former Italy global 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).

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport, Italian football specialist Carlo Ancelotti turned down the Italy coaching job, and therefore it was chose to entrust this position to Mancini, 53.

Mancini told Italian radio on Monday he had not undergone talks with the Italian Football Federation but now appears to have been charged with qualifying Italy for the Euros in 2020.

Mancini is expected to take over the national team after the final round of Russian domestic fixtures on May 13 and before the May 20 deadline set by the Italian FA.

He will succeed Giampiero Ventura, who was sacked following Italy's failure to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

The 53-year-old former Italian worldwide is confident however he can reach a deal with the Russians.

Zenit are not happy that Mancini is moving on having only taken the job last June, though Zenit are only fifth in the Russian Super League standings with two matches remaining.

Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri had been a secondary candidate.

As a coach, Mancini has enjoyed success in his native Italy with Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter Milan, winning three consecutive Serie A titles with the latter between 2006 and 2008.

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.

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