Luciano Spalletti, the former Napoli boss, has been appointed as the new manager of the Italy national team.
The 64-year-old has signed a contract until after the 2026 World Cup and will begin his role on September 1.
Spalletti replaces Roberto Mancini, who unexpectedly resigned for “personal” reasons after five years in charge.
Spalletti emerged as one of the frontrunners for the position, following a successful season with Napoli in 2022-23.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced the agreement and expressed their excitement for Spalletti’s appointment.
After leading Napoli to their first Serie A title in over three decades, Spalletti took a sabbatical but has now decided to return to management and take on his first international coaching role.
His first game in charge will be a Euro 2024 qualifier against North Macedonia in September.
This article was updated 1 month ago