Devis Mangia

Devis Mangia
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-06-06) June 6, 1974
Place of birth Cernusco sul Naviglio, Italy
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

Devis Mangia (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdɛːvis ˈmandʒa]; born 6 June 1974) is an Italian association football manager.

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 Primavera final.


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.

Spezia and 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.[7]


  1. "PIOLI ESONERATO, LA SQUADRA A MANGIA" [PIOLI DISMISSED, THE TEAM TO MANGIA] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 31 August 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). 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.
  5. "ESONERATO MANGIA" [MANGIA RELEASED] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  6. "Devis Mangia has been hired as Italy's under-21 coach". Winnipeg Free Press.
  7. "DEVIS MANGIA ESONERATO" (in Italian). FC Bari 1908. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
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