Tuesday July 2 2013
Di Biagio to 'reconstruct' U21 side

New Under-21 Italy Coach Gigi Di Biagio is prepared to “reconstruct” the side as he takes over from Devis Mangia.

This evening Mangia announced he would not be renewing his contract as Azzurrini manager, as he missed the day-to-day training of a club Coach.

Di Biagio was promoted from the Under-20 bench, which he has held for the last two years, and many of those players will be moving up with him.

“I am proud that the Federation made this choice and thank them for this opportunity,” declared Di Biagio.

“I am ready to continue the work I started two years ago with the Under-20 side and want to give consistency to this project.

“I take on an Under-21 side that has to be reconstructed and there will be many new faces. I will do this keeping in mind the great work done before me by Mangia and Ciro Ferrara.

“Now a new adventure begins and we have to do it in the best possible way, above all continuing the strong path that took this team to excellent results and an extraordinary journey.”

Mangia led Italy to second place in the European Under-21 Championship last month.

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