Italy identify top target as they prepare to axe Ventura

Italy identify top target as they prepare to axe Ventura

Italy identify top target as they prepare to axe Ventura

Fabrizio Ravanelli said he would "bend over backward" to reappoint former Italy head coach Antonio Conte following Gian Piero Ventura's sacking. However, a source at the FIGC told Reuters that the 69-year-old had been fired.

The Italian Football Federation confirmed on Wednesday that Ventura is out as manager in the wake of a 1-0 aggregate defeat to Sweden in the 2018 World Cup qualifying playoff.

The status of Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura remained in question after the four-time champions failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades.

Ventura is expected to be sacked tomorrow by FIGC.

Meanwhile, the president of the referees association Marcello Nicchi told reporters after a FIGC meeting in Rome that the coach had been "removed from his post".

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"The federation president (Tavecchio) informed participants at the (crisis) meeting. of the impossibility for him to resign", a FIGC statement read.

"We would love to have him back in Italy, of course, because he is a great coach".

With Juventus, Conte won three consecutive top flights titles in Italy before taking over the national side ahead of Euro 2016. In August, it was extended until the Euro 2020 tournament because the FIGC said it was happy with the team's progress.

Italy failed to beat Sweden in a World Cup play-off match earlier this week and subsequently missed out on a spot in next year's tournament in Russian Federation.

Critics suggested that a team that has four World Cups and two European Championships to its name needed someone with a bigger reputation and better record in the upper echelons of the game.

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