Mancini Officially Appointed to Manage Saudi Arabia

Roberto Mancini is the new Saudi Arabia coach, taking over just two weeks after his abrupt departure from the Azzurri. He and the federation made the announcement on social media (via Ansa).

“After making history in Europe, I want to do the same here too.”

According to the publication, the former Inter and Zenit manager will make €25M annually. He’ll be the highest-paid national team gaffer in the world, but not overall. Giovanni Simeone is rumored to earn €40M per year.

Mancini will hold his introductory presser as the new Saudi Arabia tactician Monday. He’ll face Costa Rica and South Korea in two friendly games in the upcoming international break. Per La Repubblica, he has penned a contract till 2027, therefore past the 2026 World Cup. Qualifying for such a competition is the primary goal of his tenure. His salary will be €18M net plus sizeable add-ons.

The boss had brief remarks with Italpress.

“False figures that are distant from reality circulated about my wages. I’ve been treated like a serial killer in Italy.”

Mancini will bring a large staff with him to Saudi Arabia. However, some of his historic collaborators decided not to follow for logistical reasons, for instance, Alberico Evani, Giulio Nuciari, and Mauro Sandreani. The Greens are currently 54th in the FIFA ranking.

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