Italy legend from 2006 World Cup triumph looks unrecognisable as he takes first manager's job | The Sun

ITALIAN World Cup winner Daniele De Rossi has landed himself a new job to go with his trendy new beard.

The ex-Roma captain, 39, has been confirmed as the manager of SPAL – or Societa Polisportiva Ars et Labor – in his homeland.

The Serie B club have turned to the former midfield great after sacking Roberto Venturato on Sunday following a 2-0 loss at Frosinone.

De Rossi has agreed to take charge until the summer of 2024.

SPAL are currently 14th in the table after managing just two wins from eight matches.

Now De Rossi, who sports a beautiful chin of facial hair compared to his cleanshaven days of helping Italy to glory in 2006, will be relishing the prospect of his first job in the dugout.

He is SPAL’s sixth different manager since 2020.

De Rossi came through the youth ranks at Roma to become one of their most-loved players.

He played over 450 times for the Serie A club before leaving in 2019.

The ace then headed to Argentina for a short stint at Boca Juniors before retiring.

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De Rossi, who earned over 100 caps for the Azzurri, also has experience of coaching.

He was Roberto Mancini's assistant as Italy went on to win Euro 2020.

Now his debut game on the touchline will be SPAL's visit to Cittadella on Saturday.

The icon is the latest member of Italy’s World Cup-winning squad to get work in his country’s second tier.

Benevento are managed by Fabio Cannavaro, Reggina have Filippo Inzaghi in charge while Frosinone are led by Fabio Grosso.

And, despite being 44, legendary goalkeeper Gigi Buffon is still playing and captains Parma.

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