Ventura sacked after WC qualifying failure

Kristopher Nichols
November 16, 2017

An FIGC source, however, told Reuters that the 69-year-old had been fired.

The coach is said to have resigned after the 0-0 draw with Sweden (which confirmed a 1-0 defeat for Italy on aggregate over the two legs of the World Cup playoff) but no official confirmation has arrived of Ventura's departure.

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura was sacked on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time) as he paid the nearly inevitable price for their failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

The FIGC said it will consider "important names" to replace Ventura and former Italy worldwide Ravanelli insisted the country must turn to Chelsea's Conte, who left the role past year having reached the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

Unusually in Italy, the federation did not thank Ventura for his services, nor wish him well for the future.

Ventura in August signed a new deal until 2020, a move that has seen the Italian Football Federation and its president Carlo Tavecchio face significant criticism.

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"It would be wrong to put all the pressure on the coach, all football in Italy needs to be regenerated and we need solutions to improve it".

Previous Italy coach Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Mancini and Massimiliano Allegri were being mentioned as possible replacements.

He also gained widespread respect following a five-year spell with Torino when he led them out of Serie B and to several decent finishes in the middle and upper half of Serie A.

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.

It is the first time the Azzurri have failed to reach a World Cup since 1958.

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