Four-time World champions, Italy will begin their search for a new national team manager to replace Gian Piero Ventura who was sacked after failing to qualify the Azzurri for the 2018 World Cup.
After finishing second to Spain in the qualifying group, Italy faced Sweden in a two-legged playoff which they lost 1-0 on aggregate to miss the global competition for the first time in 60 years.
Ventura, who has been in charge of the team since June 2016, had boasted that his record is “one of the best of the last 40 years” before the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced his sack on Wednesday.
The 69-year old told Italian Television that he “lost only two games in two years” and said he “can only apologise to Italians, not for the will or effort but for the result.”
Moving forward, in sight of their next campaign – qualifying for the 2020 European Championship – once Ventura’s pay-out is sorted by the Federation, the search for a new manager will begin.
Reports however suggest that former Bayern Munich boss, Carlo Ancelotti is the favourite for the job following his dismissal by the Bundesliga champions last September.
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