Devis Mangia
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-06-06) 6 June 1974 (age 47)
Place of birth Cernusco sul Naviglio, Italy
Club information
Current team
Malta (head coach)
Teams managed
Years Team
2004–2007 Varese
2007–2008 Tritium
2008–2009 Ivrea
2009–2010 Valenzana
2011 Palermo
2012–2013 Italy U21
2013–2014 Spezia
2014 Bari
2015–2016 Ascoli
2017–2019 Universitatea Craiova
2019– Malta
Honours
Men's football
Representing  Italy (as manager)
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Runner-up 2013

Devis Mangia (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdɛːviz ˈmandʒa]; born 6 June 1974) is an Italian association football manager, currently in charge of the Malta national football team.

Managing career

Early years

Mangia started his coaching career at age 30, working alongside Sean Sogliano at Eccellenza club Varese and leading them to two promotion, and back into professionalism, in three years. He successively worked at Serie D and Serie C2 clubs from the Northern Italy such as Tritium, Ivrea and Valenzana. In 2010, he returned at Varese, this time as youth coach, and guided a team composed by unknown youngsters to a spot in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera final.

Palermo

In June 2011, Mangia agreed to follow director of football Sean Sogliano at Palermo, accepting a job offer as head of the under-19 team at the Sicilian club in place of Paolo Beruatto.

Later on 31 August, Mangia was surprisingly appointed as temporary head coach following the dismissal of Stefano Pioli, under recommendation by Sogliano;[1] despite not having the required coaching badges, he was allowed to serve as head coach due to having been admitted to the national 2011–12 UEFA Pro license course.[2] His first game in charge of team duties, played on 11 September against European powerhouse Inter, saw Palermo, now switched to a brand-new 4–4–2 tactical disposition, achieving an astonishing 4–3 win thanks to a brace from captain Fabrizio Miccoli.[3] Under Mangia's tenure, Palermo significantly improved and achieved three wins and 10 points in the first five Serie A games, including a consecutive two games with a clean sheet, a relevant feat for what was the second-worst defence in the previous season; such results, together with the strict relationship between Mangia and director of football Sean Sogliano and Delio Rossi's confirmed refusal of a Palermo comeback, led the press to speculate about the possibility of him being offered a new contract as permanent head coach. Despite Sogliano's resignation as director of football on 2 November 2011, Mangia was then eventually offered a two-year contract as head coach, which he signed on 4 November 2011.[4] On 19 December 2011, he was sacked from his position after the 2-0 derby defeat to Sicilian rivals, Catania Calcio the day before, along with assistant coach Onofrio Barone.[5]

Italy U21

Devis Mangia has been hired as Italy's under-21 coach, replacing Ciro Ferrara. Mangia described the job as "one of the most prestigious in Italian football" and says "it is a sign of great esteem and responsibility, I'm really happy".[6] Mangia has vowed to follow the model of Italy's senior team coach Cesare Prandelli, who guided the Azzurri to the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship final.

He guided the Azzurrini to qualification to the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, where the Italian team made it to the final, where they were ultimately defeated 4–2 by Spain. He stepped down from his role after the end of the tournament.[7][8]

Spezia / Bari

On 16 December 2013, Mangia was named new head coach of ambitious Serie B club Spezia, guiding them to eighth place and qualification to the promotion playoffs, where they were defeated 1–0 by Modena in the first preliminary round and thus eliminated.

He successively left Spezia to become new head coach of Serie B promotion hopefuls Bari for the 2014–15 season, but was sacked on 16 November 2014 due to poor results.[9]

Universitatea Craiova

On 23 May 2017, Mangia was named new head coach of Romanian team CS Universitatea Craiova.[10] On 14 October, he was named "Coach of the First Half of the Season" by LPF.[11] On May 27, 2018 Universitatea won the Romanian Cup.

Malta national team

On 30 December 2019, the Malta Football Association announced the appointment of Devis Mangia as national teams’ head coach. Mangia signed a contract until 31 December 2023.[12]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 14 November 2021[13]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Varese Italy 1 July 2004 14 June 2007 116 57 39 20 049.14
Tritium Italy 14 June 2007 3 June 2008 42 23 12 7 054.76
Ivrea Italy 4 June 2008 28 April 2009 35 11 10 14 031.43
Valenzana Italy 4 November 2009 19 May 2010 23 8 9 6 034.78
Palermo Italy 31 August 2011 19 December 2011 16 6 3 7 037.50
Italy U21 Italy 18 July 2012 2 July 2013 14 10 1 3 071.43
Spezia Italy 16 December 2013 23 June 2014 26 10 8 8 038.46
Bari Italy 7 July 2014 16 November 2014 16 5 4 7 031.25
Ascoli Italy 4 November 2015 10 May 2016 29 10 6 13 034.48
Universitatea Craiova Romania 23 May 2017 15 April 2019 82 40 20 22 048.78
Malta Malta 30 December 2019 Present 20 5 5 10 025.00
Total 419 185 117 117 044.15

Honours

Manager

Universitatea Craiova

References

  1. ^ "PIOLI ESONERATO, LA SQUADRA A MANGIA" [PIOLI DISMISSED, THE TEAM TO MANGIA] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 31 August 2011. Archived from the original on 13 December 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Palermo, Mangia si presenta: "Nessuna paura, voglio trasmettere entusiasmo"" [Palermo, Mangia introduces himself "No fears, I want to transmit enthusiasm"] (in Italian). Calciomercato.it. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Serie A - Palermo shock Inter in seven-goal thriller". Yahoo! Eurosport. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  4. ^ "CALCIO, PALERMO: ADEGUAMENTO CONTRATTUALE PER MANGIA" [FOOTBALL, PALERMO: NEW CONTRACT FOR MANGIA]. La Repubblica. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  5. ^ "ESONERATO MANGIA" [MANGIA RELEASED] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 19 December 2011. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Devis Mangia has been hired as Italy's under-21 coach". Winnipeg Free Press.
  7. ^ "Under 21, la Spagna è troppo forte Gli azzurrini di Mangia crollano 4-2" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Under 21, Spagna-Italia 4-2. Gli azzurri si inchinano a Thiago Alcantara" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  9. ^ "DEVIS MANGIA ESONERATO" (in Italian). FC Bari 1908. 16 November 2014. Archived from the original on 16 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Bine ai Venit, Devis Mangia!" (in Romanian). UCV1948. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Devis Mangia, antrenorul turului!" (in Romanian). UCV1948. 16 October 2017. Archived from the original on 2018-04-17. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Devis Mangia appointed national teams' head coach". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  13. ^ "Devis Mangia career sheet". footballdatabase. footballdatabase. Retrieved 1 September 2020.