Mancini set for Italy job

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With AP Photos.The Italian football federation says it is in talks with Roberto Mancini about taking over the Azzurri's vacant coaching job.

Roberto Mancini is set to be confirmed as Italy's new manager.

It is noted that Roberto Mancini's appointment as the new Azzurri manager will be formally announced on May 20.

Fabbricini added that "nothing is decided" but that the two sides agreed to meet again May 13, once the Russian season has ended, "to discuss figures and details".

The former Sampdoria and Lazio forward (he won Serie A with both, as a player), has won league titles at Manchester City and Inter Milan.

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Italy have been looking for a new boss since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked following their failure to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation with Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio taking over the senior team on an interim basis.

The former Manchester City manager had been considered a frontrunner for the post, with Carlo Ancelotti among the other names reportedly in the frame.

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.

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

If Mancini indeed takes over the job in mid May, he'll be managing the Italian National Team in three friendlies against Saudi Arabia on May 28th, France on June 1st and Holland on June 4th.