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Italy identify top target as they prepare to axe Ventura

16 November, 2017, 02:12 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Italy players react to their elimination

"During the course of a meeting called by FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio, an examination was launched following the failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation in 2018", a statement on the FIGC's website read, per ESPN FC.

Italy faced Sweden in a two-legged World Cup qualification playoff and ultimately fell short of expectations, losing 1-0 on aggregate thanks to the first-leg defeat in Solna.

The same report suggests that fellow Italians Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini - the latter of whom is now under contract at Zenit St Petersburg - are also in the running to replace Ventura. "(But) it is impossible not to start over with a new election".

"The problems of Italian football can't be resolved with just the firing of the national team coach".

Tavecchio said he called a board meeting for Monday to present his reforms, adding that they will affect the domestic leagues.

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Over 17 matches, Ventura posted 10 wins, four draws and three defeats, the most critical the 1-0 loss to Sweden in Solna on Friday night.

The 69-year-old disagreed with the journalist interviewing him that his team had played "very badly" for the past two years, saying: "No, because my record is one of the best of the last 40 years".

Ancelotti, who coached Juventus and AC Milan before going overseas to win titles with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern, has the big-club resume that Ventura lacked.

Chelsea boss Conte, Roberto Mancini, now in charge of Zenit St Petersburg, and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri are the other leading names reportedly in the frame. "He would be a great choice", said Italian coaches association president Renzo Ulivieri, who participated in the summit.

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