Official: Luciano Spalletti appointed coach of Italy Men’s National Team

Following Roberto Mancini's decision to resign from his position as Italy Men's National Team coach, the FIGC have acted fast and appointed former Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti as his successor.

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Luciano Spalletti has been confirmed as the new coach of the Italy Men’s National Team, succeeding Roberto Mancini after his surprise decision to step down from his role less than a week earlier. Mancini had been in the job since 2018.

Having left Napoli after guiding the Partenopei to a historic Serie A title in the 2022/23 season, Spalletti has returned to work before the subsequent season has even gotten underway. There had been suggestions that the Tuscan was keen to take a sabbatical year, but Spalletti himself was quick to play down those rumours just days after leaving the job at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Spalletti accepts Azzurri job

Within minutes of Mancini‘s decision to walk away from the Italy Men’s National Team becoming public knowledge, Spalletti swiftly emerged as the frontrunner to succeed the former Inter and Manchester City coach. Antonio Conte was also reported to be a candidate, having had the job in the past and leading the Azzurri at the 2016 European Championship in France.

But it is Spalletti who will be tasked with rebuilding an Italy side that has a lot of promising young players, but a squad that have shamefully failed to qualify for back-to-back World Cups – missing out in 2018 under Gian Piero Ventura and then under Mancini in 2022. In between, Mancini did manage to deliver silverware by winning the 2020 European Championship against England at Wembley.

Spalletti will begin in the role on September 1, 2023.

Is Spalletti a step up from Mancini?

Although Mancini‘s resignation came as a surprise to the Italian Football Federation – the FIGC – and to Italian football fans, there is a belief that the coaching change is a significant upgrade for the Azzurri.

Spalletti‘s CV and track record speaks for itself, and for him to take the step up to the Men’s National Team fresh off the back of winning the scudetto for the first time in his impressive career suggests that an exciting new chapter might be set to begin after a difficult spell for the Azzuri.

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