Italy sack Gian Piero Ventura, target Carlo Ancelotti after FIFA 2018 World Cup fiasco
Gian Piero Ventura’s reign as Italy coach ended after a World Cup qualifying fiasco during which the four-time champions failed to reach next year’s finals in Russia.
The 69-year-old’s fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome, with former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti among the favourites to take over and rebuild the Azzurri.
Ventura had refused to resign despite a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden on Monday that saw Italy miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958. “As of today Gian Piero Ventura is no longer the coach of the national team,” the FIGC said in a statement.
According to reports, Ventura will be paid his salary until the end of his contract in June 2018, which amounts to approximately 800,000 euros ($943,000). But FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio will stay on despite mounting pressure on him to also resign after a defeat which has left a nation traumatised.
“The federation president (Tavecchio) informed participants at the (crisis) meeting… of the impossibility for him to resign,” a FIGC statement read, awaiting “a series of proposals” on how to fix Italian football.
Tavecchio later told journalists that a new coach would be named …read more