Luciano Spalletti's appointment as the new manager of Italy has been made public, assuming the role subsequent to Roberto Mancini's departure.
He spent most of his playing career in Italy before finishing up his career as a loanee at Leicester City after a player-coach role at Lazio was essentially reduced to a coaching job. He spent just six months with the Foxes, but while there was noted as a student of the game, which foreshadowed his successful career as a manager.
The most famous son of the city of Jesi won the Serie A twice as a player at opposite ends of his career, first with Sampdoria in 1991 and then again with Lazio in 2000.
Mancini built his reputation as a coach with Fiorentina and Lazio before guiding Inter to three Serie A titles in a row.
Mancini delivered Manchester City their first top-flight title since 1968, but that brought him little appreciation from the ambitious club owners when he failed to ensure the Citizens a place in the Champions League knockout stages in 2012/13.
He became the coach of the Italy national team in 2018, resurrecting their fortunes after their failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia and leading them to glory at Euro 2020.
Mancini resigned as Italy head coach in August 2023 and was appointed the new manager of the Saudi Arabia national team.
Roberto Mancini and Man City
In 2009, Mancini had been out of the game for a year, having left Inter with three Serie A titles in the cabinet.
Mancini had a reputation of something of a cup expert, perfect for a club desperate to bring in silverware. In his first season in charge, Mancini inherited a misfiring group, and despite an upturn in form under the Italian, the Cityzens failed to qualify for the Champions League.
In his first summer transfer window at the club, Mancini splashed the cash to bring in players who would become club legends. David Silva, Aleksandar Kolarov and Yaya Toure all came in, as did Germany international Jerome Boateng, who proved less influential than the aforementioned trio.
That second season would see City mount their first real title challenge in decades. Though they slipped off the pace under the pressure of competing in the league, cup and Europa League, Mancini delivered silverware. City beat Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final before a 1-0 win over Stoke City ensured they lifted their first major trophy in 47 years.
Mancini will perhaps best be remembered as the man who ended Manchester City's long wait for a top-flight title. The club made their key signing ahead of the 2011/12 season, bringing in Sergio Aguero for £35million. Mancini also incorporated former Arsenal stars Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri into his team, and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves joined City on a free from Manchester United.
Aguero injected an energy into the final third that transformed City from pretenders to contenders, greatly aided by the creativity of Nasri and David Silva in midfield. City made a massive statement with their 6-1 demolition of rivals United at Old Trafford. As title wins go, City's was as dramatic as it could be; a goa in added time on the final day of the season saw the blue half of Manchester poetically snatch the title from United.
Titles at Inter
During his playing career, Mancini was not fortunate enough to wind up at one of Italy's established superclubs, but his managerial skills, displayed at Fiorentina and then Lazio, ensured he was summoned to San Siro.
They ended their long wait for another Scudetto, not on the field but in the courtroom as Juventus were stripped of their title due to a match-fixing scandal.
In May 2008, Mancini was sacked by Inter and replaced by Jose Mourinho.
Mancini returned to the club in 2014, but his second coming proved far less successful, and he would not add to the silverware won during his first spell.
During that second spell, Inter were sanctioned under UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations. Mancini spent less than two years at the club and returned an overall win percentage of just 46.75% as opposed to 61.95% in his first reign.
Legendary status at Sampdoria
Mancini formed a legendary strike partnership with fellow Italy international Gianluca Vialli with the pairing nicknamed 'I Gemelli del Gol' or the Goal Twins.
Notably hot-headed, Mancini frequently clashed with team-mates, a trait which he carried into his managerial career.
Playing for and managing Italy
After leaving Inter for a second time, Mancini sought pastures new and found them in the manager's post at Russian club Zenit St Petersburg.
His time at the club was short and largely uneventful and would end with Mancini leaving to take over the Italian national team.
Italy had hit rock bottom with their humiliating failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. He was handed a two-year deal with an automatic extension to be activated if Mancini could guide Italy to the 2020 European Championship.
Under Mancini, Italy achieved their longest competitive international winning streak. The Azzurri won 11 straight matches under Mancini between 2019 and 2020 before a 1-1 draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the UEFA Nations League brought that run to an end.
However, Italy failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup – a second straight absence from the tournament for the four-time world champions.
The Azzurri could only manage two third-placed finishes in the Nations League under Mancini.
He resigned from the role in August 2023 and two weeks later became the new manager of the Saudi Arabia national side.
Both his sons Andrea and Fillipo are professional soccer players, but neither has achieved the heights their famous father did during his playing career.
Reported net worth
His annual salary with Saudi Arabia is believed to be worth $27million.