Roberto Mancini has been confirmed as the new Galatasaray AŞ coach ahead of their UEFA Champions League match against Juventus on Wednesday, the Italian agreeing a three-year contract with the Turkish champions.
The former Manchester City FC manager steps into the role vacated by Fatih Terim, who left the club on 24 September after failing to sign a new two-year deal. "I am very happy to arrive at a big club like Galatasaray," said Mancini. "I decided to join a great community. The Galatasaray v Juventus match will be a happy coincidence for me."
It is the second time that Mancini, who left City after last season's second-placed Premier League finish, has stepped into the shoes of Terim having previously replaced the Turkish coach at the ACF Fiorentina helm in 2001.
Capped 36 times by Italy, Mancini won Serie A and the European Cup Winners' Cup with both UC Sampdoria and SS Lazio as a player before starting his coaching career with the latter club as assistant to Sven-Göran Eriksson.
Mancini had his first head coach role at Fiorentina where he won the Coppa Italia and he repeated that success at Lazio before helping FC Internazionale Milano to three successive league titles, the last of them in 2007/08. Appointed at City in December 2009, he ended a trophy drought of over three decades when guiding them to the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League title in 2012.
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