Gian Piero Ventura has been sacked as Italy head coach.
Italy lost 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden in their World Cup play-off to miss out on the tournament for the first time since 1958.
Gian Piero Ventura has had his contract terminated following a meeting of Italian FA (FIGC) bosses on Wednesday, and Italy will now begin their search for a successor, with a friendly match against England at Wembley on March 27 their next fixture.
“During the course of a meeting called by FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio, an examination was launched following the failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia in 2018,” a statement on the FIGC’s website read. “As the first point on the day’s agenda, Tavecchio announced that, as of today, Gian Piero Ventura is no longer the coach of the national team.”
Ventura’s record as Italy coach was 10 wins, four draws and three defeats in 17 matches
Not going to Russia is a problem and we’re not stupid enough not to realise that,” Ansa reported Renzo Ulivieri, the president of the Italian Coaches’ Association [AIAC], as saying prior to Wednesday’s meeting in Rome. “In view of such a result, the whole system needs to be questioned. It would have been wrong [for Ventura] to resign in the heat of the moment — it’s always best to meet first.”
Primebaze understand Carlo Ancelotti has been approached by the Italian Football Federation about taking over.