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Roberto Mancini steps down as Italy manager after five years in the job

Roberto Mancini has resigned as the manager of the Italy national team after five years in charge.  

The Italian Football Federation confirmed the 58-year-old’s departure and said they will announce his replacement in the coming days. 

The Azzurri will return to action in early September when they take on North Macedonia and Ukraine in the 2-24 European Championship Qualifiers. 

Mancini was appointed in May 2018, replacing Gian Piero Ventura who was dismissed after he failed to lead the team to qualification for the World Cup.

The former Sampdoria forward inspired a great improvement in their fortunes, leading them on a record-breaking 37-game unbeaten run. 

Under his reign, Italy won the 2020 European Championship, beating England on penalties in the final at Wembley Stadium. 

However, the Italian came under scrutiny when the Azzurri failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup after losing to North Macedonia in the play-offs. 

He has now stepped down from the position, ending his five-year reign.

Mancini’s tenure saw Italy win 37 of their 61 matches, drawing 15 and losing only nine. 

Former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte and ex-Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti are among the names linked with the role.

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