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Mancini leaves Zenit ahead of likely Italy move

Mancini leaves Zenit ahead of likely Italy move

Roberto Mancini is expected to be announced as Italy head coach by Wednesday, according to Sky.

Hot favourite to become Italy coach Roberto Mancini has reached an exit agreement with his current club Zenit Saint Petersburg, the club reported Sunday.

"The contract will be terminated by mutual consent without any compensation payable".

Mancini has beaten off competition from the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte to land the gig, and will now be tasked with steering Italy back to the top of the worldwide game following the disappointments of 2017 and the failed World Cup qualification campaign.

Earlier in the day the club confirmed Mancini would be leaving the Russian Premier League club.

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Mancini, a former Italy player, has coached Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter Milan, Manchester City, and Galatasaray to titles.

Claudio Ranieri, now with French club Nantes, had also previously been mentioned in connection with the job.

Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio took the reins for March friendlies against Argentina and England.

Italy have been searching for new leadership since November, when Gian Piero Ventura was dismissed in the aftermath of a disastrous two-legged play-off defeat by Sweden that meant they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Mancini will take a big pay cut to secure the job, having already given up potential earnings of €13m (£11.5m) by agreeing a termination of his Zenit contract just one year into a three-year deal.