Former Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti, aged 64, has been appointed as Italy’s national team manager.
He led Napoli to their first Serie A title in 33 years last season and took a break from the game, even with a year left on his deal.
In a statement released, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president, Gabriele Gravina, confirmed the appointment, expressing happiness that Spalletti accepted the role. Spalletti’s experience and energy will be crucial for Italy’s upcoming challenges.
“His enthusiasm and ability will be fundamental for the challenges that await Italy in the coming months.”
Daily Stand recalls that the former national team manager, Roberto Mancini, stepped down from his role last Sunday, leaving the FIGC in search of a successor.
Mancini had led the men’s national team to victory in Euro 2020, but they didn’t qualify for the World Cup last year.
Meanwhile, Luciano Spalletti is among the coaches nominated by UEFA for Men’s Coach Of The Year. Others are Pep Guardiola (Spain, Manchester City FC) and Simone Inzaghi (Italy, FC Internazionale Milano).