June 7, 2023

Coach search: will ancelotti be italy’s “savior of the nation?

coach search: will ancelotti be italy's 'savior of the nation?

After the dismissal of gian piero ventura as coach of the italian national team, the fubball association FIGC wants to find a successor quickly. According to italian media reports, former bayern coach carlo ancelotti is still the preferred candidate.

Federation president carlo tavecchio “is working to convince the ex-bayern munchen coach to accept the offer and become the nation”s savior,” wrote “tuttosport”. For monday, tavecchio had announced a meeting of the board of directors in which he would present proposals for a renewal process.

Tavecchio is eager for quick success. Once a successor for ventura had been found, the 74-year-old could hope to escape criticism himself. Calls for his resignation had already been made in the event that italy missed the 2018 world cup in russia.

Instead, the 74-year-old made it clear at a crisis meeting on wednesday that he was not ready to give up his post, according to an association statement. The president of the italian players" association AIC, damiano tommasi, then left the meeting in protest. "It seems to me that there is no will to start from scratch," tommasi said, according to news agency ansa. He called for a vote on a new president.

"We are thinking about a circle of important coaches," tavecchio said, according to ansa. Even before ventura’s dismissal, ancelotti had been considered as a successor candidate. The "gazzetta dello sport" and "tuttosport" unanimously reported that contact has already been made with ancelotti.

"The negotiation is going well, in a few days the hypothesis of entrusting him with the azure reconstruction has gone from improbable to something more than possible", writes the "gazzetta".

The names antonio conte, claudio ranieri, roberto mancini and juve coach massimiliano allegri are also in the air. Whoever is to help the national team get back on its feet – "tuttosport" considers it possible that the new coach could be assisted by a "motivator" to create a better connection between coach and team. Not only andrea pirlo or paolo maldini, but – after his retirement from the national team – also goalkeeping legend gianluigi buffon were considered for the event.


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