Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Conte does not rule out taking Italy job

Conte does not rule out taking Italy job

Italy fired manager Gian Piero Thursday, following the team's failure to make the 2018 World Cup.

The refusal of Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio to resign is causing outrage.

Italy are looking to replace Ventura, who was sacked following Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden.

Unusually in Italy, the federation did not thank Ventura for his services, nor wish him well for the future.

Goal understands Carlo Ancelotti is the primary candidate to take over and although Conte had been mooted as a possible option, the Blues boss has denied he wants the job.

But opposition to Tavecchio remains, despite promises to rebuild Italian football from grassroots level upwards with Damiano Tommasi, the head of the Italian Players' Union, storming out of the FIGC meeting after the 74-year-old refused to quit.

Conte, who took over at Chelsea after leaving the role of Italy boss in the summer of 2016, has been touted as a replacement for the sacked Giampiero Ventura. Euro 2020 qualifications begin in March of 2019.

On announcing Ventura's appointment, Tavecchio had described him as a "master of football".

He also gained widespread respect following a five-year spell with Torino when he led them out of Serie B and to several decent finishes in the middle and upper half of Serie A.

Venture posted 10 wins, four ties and three losses in 17 games at Italy's coach.

"This is not a great moment for my country to miss the World Cup, it means it is a disaster for us", he said at a Press conference.

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