Roberto Mancini holds 'sense of optimism' despite mixed start as Italy head coach

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Roberto Mancini (r) before Italy 1-1 Netherlands.

Roberto Mancini saw his Italy side concede a late equaliser in their friendly against the Netherlands, but insists he has a “sense of optimism” following his first three games at the helm.

The Azzurri appeared on course to pick up a narrow victory when Simone Zaza marked his return to international football with a goal but, after Domenico Criscito was sent off, Nathan Ake earned the visitors a 1-1 draw with an 87th-minute header in Turin.

Mancini’s reign started with victory over Saudi Arabia before a loss to France as he looks to rebuild Italy following their failed World Cup qualification campaign.

“We were tired but we still took the lead,” the former Manchester City boss said after the draw.

“It was a shame we lost focus. There’s lots of work to do. Above all, these matches help with developing the new players.

“The lads showed lots of effort. We need to sort various things out but there’s a sense of optimism. The warmth of the fans is helping a lot.”

Zaza had not featured for Italy since Euro 2016 but came off the bench to slide in and put the hosts ahead just three minutes after his introduction.

Italy’s hopes of holding on for the win were dented when Criscito was shown a straight red card for fouling Ryan Babel.

Dutch boss Ronald Koeman is also new to his post and was unhappy with his side’s first-half display at the Juventus Stadium as goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was forced to make a couple of smart saves.

“The first half was not good again,” he told reporters after the game.

“We had little initiative, were sloppy with the ball and got away a few times. We had trouble coming up from the midfield and had trouble with the runners of Italy.”

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Derby County defender Curtis Davies says new manager Frank Lampard will draw from Jose Mourinho experience

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Frank Lampard has made his first foray into management with Derby County.

Defender Curtis Davies is confident new Derby boss Frank Lampard will be able to tap into Jose Mourinho‘s vast knowledge as he makes his way in management.

Lampard took over at Pride Park last week as he entered a new phase in his illustrious career, and Davies believes the contacts he has made in the game, including former Chelsea and current Manchester United supremo Mourinho, could prove invaluable.

He told the club’s official website, dcfc.co.uk: “He has worked for some of the biggest managers in the game. Even if he picked up one thing from each of those, it is going to be a lot more than a lot of us could have got and his insight is going to bring a lot.

“If he does pick up the phone – I’m not saying the manager will need any help at all – but I’m sure if he picks up the phone to Jose or any of the others for advice, I’m sure they would be very happy to help him.”

Davies and Lampard are old foes from the midfielder’s playing days with Chelsea and Manchester City, and the former West Brom, Aston Villa, Birmingham and Hull defender holds his new boss in the highest regard.

He said with a smile: “The first thing I want to do is get my shirt signed.

“In all seriousness, I’ve played against him many times and he is just a good person. He is a winner on the pitch, so he’s not going to not tackle you, because he wants to win games, but he is always a gentleman.

“He’s honest and a nice person to talk to. As a young player to look up to he was definitely one that always did the right things on and off the pitch.”

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Joey Barton set to be unveiled as Fleetwood Town manager

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Joey Barton's managerial career is set to kick off.

Joey Barton will face the media for the first time as a manager on Monday when he is unveiled as manager of Fleetwood.

The former Burnley midfielder’s 13-month ban for betting on football matches ended on Saturday, allowing him to finally take up the role as boss of the League One club.

Barton was announced as John Sheridan’s successor in April on a three-year deal but was unable to start work until his suspension from football activities was served.

After his ban finished Barton wrote on Instagram: “Delighted to take over as Head Coach of @ftfcofficial (Fleetwood Town).

“Really looking forward to joining a forward thinking football club. #OnwardsTogether.”

Fleetwood welcomed Barton by posting a picture of the once-capped England midfielder holding a club scarf above his head on their official website.

“The vastly-experienced 35-year-old, who excelled during his top-flight playing career with the likes of Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers and most recently Burnley, will take charge of the club’s first team this summer with pre-season starting on Monday 18th June,” said a club statement.

Barton was banned by the Football Association in April 2017 for placing 1,260 bets on football matches over the course of 10 years.

The ban was then reduced by five months following an appeal, allowing Barton to start his managerial career ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Clint Hill, who played alongside Barton at QPR and Rangers, and Steve Eyre have joined Fleetwood as first-team coaches.

Fleetwood finished 14th in League One last season after Sheridan replaced the sacked Uwe Rosler in February with the club in 20th place.

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