Italy have announced that Giampiero Ventura will succeed Antonio Conte as their head coach after the forthcoming European Championship in France.
Ventura’s tenure at Torino was brought to an end by mutual consent on 25 May, after five years at the club, and the national job will be his 21st since his first move into management in 1976 with the Sampdoria youth team.
The 68-year-old replaces Conte, who was confirmed as the new manager of Chelsea in April, having taken over as the Italy head coach in 2014.
Ventura’s spell at Torino was largely successful, in his first season he led the club back to Serie A, while he has since been replaced by Sinisa Mihajlovic.
Italy open their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a trip to Israel on 5 September.
This article was written by Guardian sport, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 7th June 2016 17.12 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010