Published: Thu, November 16, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Coach Ventura parts company with Italy

Coach Ventura parts company with Italy

Fabrizio Ravanelli said he would "bend over backward" to reappoint former Italy head coach Antonio Conte following Gian Piero Ventura's sacking.

The failure to reach the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer means Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura is set to be axed with the IFF meeting later on Wednesday to discuss his future.

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

It was not clear from the FIGC statement if Ventura had been sacked or had resigned. An FIGC source, however, told Reuters that the 69-year-old had been fired.

Meanwhile, FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio is set to stay in his post despite mounting pressure to resign, the ANSA news agency reported Wednesday.

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Many Italian newspapers also called for the resignation of FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio following the World Cup fiasco, but in Wednesday's statement, the soccer federation said he had declined to quit.

Conte guided Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 and went on to win the Premier League title in his maiden campaign at Stamford Bridge. In August, it was extended until the Euro 2020 tournament because the FIGC said it was happy with the team's progress.

If we did qualify for the World Cup, all the praise would've been for the players so they also have to take responsibility in the loss.

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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