Former Palermo and Italy U-21 boss Devis Mangia has been appointed as the new head coach of the Malta national team.

“I’m very pleased that Devis Mangia has accepted our offer to become national team’s head coach responsible for defining a common game philosophy for all our national team selections in line with the Association’s strategy,” FA President Bjorn Vassala told the official Federation website.

Former Palermo and Italy U-21 boss Devis Mangia has been appointed as the new head coach of the Malta national team.

“I’m very pleased that Devis Mangia has accepted our offer to become national team’s head coach responsible for defining a common game philosophy for all our national team selections in line with the Association’s strategy,” FA President Bjorn Vassala told the official Federation website.

“Devis is a young and energetic coach who already has a wealth of experience, both in club football and at international level, notably with the Italy Under-21 side whom he led to the final of the 2013 UEFA Under-21 Championship.

“Our discussions with Devis further strengthened our conviction that he is the right coach to manage our national team and to lead the technical overhaul which we are undertaking in the coming months.

“His vision and football philosophy fit with our plans to improve the performance and results of our national teams, including the project to enter a professional club in the Italian Lega Pro.

“Devis’ knowledge of Italian football and his coaching experience, having worked at different levels of the Italian league structure, will be an asset for us in this context.”

Mangia has signed a contract that runs to December 31, 2023 and starts his new role with immediate effect.

“I am very happy to have reached this agreement with the Malta FA. The project presented to me is a very ambitious one and I am confident that with hard work and dedication together we can significantly improve the level of Maltese football.” 

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