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Zenit St Petersburg appoint Roberto Mancini as manager

Zenit St Petersburg appoint Roberto Mancini as manager. Photo: Getty Images
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Russian side Zenit St Petersburg have appointed Roberto Mancini as the first team manager on a three-year deal with an option of a further two-year extension.

The 52-year-old Italian becomes another elite name to join the club management after Dick Advocaat, Luciano Spalletti and André Villas-Boas.

A statement on the club’s official website read:

“Zenit Football Club welcomes Roberto Mancini to St. Petersburg and wishes him all the best as head coach of the blue-white-sky blue!”

Mancini’s trophy laden coaching career began in 2000 when he became an assistant to Sven-Göran Eriksson at Lazio before moving to Fiorentina where he helped the club win the Coppa Italia in his first season as full-time manager. He then returned to Lazio and help them win the Coppa Italia. In 2004, Mancini was appointed the manager of Inter Milan and it was here that his most successful spell took place. Under his leadership, the Nerazzurris won the Serie A title thrice in a row, while also winning the Coppa Italia twice and the Supercoppa Italiana.

Mancini then went on to join Manchester City in 2009. In his first full season, he led City to a FA Cup trophy, their first in 35 years. Three years later, in May 2012, City won the Premier League title for the first time and it was the club’s first league title since 1968. A few months later, Mancini won his third English trophy in the F.A. Community Shield.

From 2013 to 2016 he managed Galatasaray and Inter Milan respectively, winning the National Cup with the Turkish side.

Speaking in an interview with the club, Mancini said:
“I have only one goal, to win and to win trophies!”
“Thank you very much, I feel very good, because I’m in a fantastic city and I’m at the best club in Russia!”

Mancini’s appointment comes after Zenit sacked manager Mircea Lucescu last week after the club finished 3rd in the Russian Premier League and thus failed to qualify for the Champions League for the second succesive season.