Mangia hired as new coach of Italy under-21s

Devis Mangia has been hired as Italy’s under-21 coach, replacing

Ciro Ferrara.

Mangia described the job Wednesday as ”one of the most

prestigious in Italian football” and says ”it is a sign of great

esteem and responsibility, I’m really happy.”

Mangia has vowed to follow the model of Italy’s senior team

coach Cesare Prandelli, who guided the Azzurri to the European

Championship final last month.

The 38-year-old Mangia was last in charge of Palermo. He took

over the club at the end of August last year, initially on a

temporary basis, but a string of impressive results saw him sign a

permanent deal on Nov. 4. However, he was sacked just over a month


Ferrara left to take over Sampdoria this month.