Giampiero Ventura: Italy sack coach after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup

Italy have sacked coach Giampiero Ventura after the four-time champions failed to succeed in the World Cup for the primary time since 1958.

The Azzurri lost a play-off with Sweden 1-Zero on mixture to spell the top of 69-year-old Ventura’s 17-month tenure.

Ventura stated his report was “top-of-the-line of the final 40 years”.

“I misplaced solely two video games in two years,” he informed Italian tv present Le Iene earlier than the Italian Soccer Federation fired him on Wednesday.

Ventura changed Antonio Conte in June 2016, and was described as a “grasp of soccer” by Italian soccer federation president Carlo Tavecchio.

Nonetheless, Italy took one level out of a attainable six towards Spain in qualifying and in addition drew at house to Macedonia.

“I can solely apologise to the Italians, not for the need or effort however for the outcome, which as I do know is the primary factor,” stated former Napoli and Sampdoria boss Ventura after Italy’s World Cup hopes had been ended.

When he was appointed he was given a two-year deal which might have taken him to the top of the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

On the time, Tavecchio known as Ventura an “progressive” coach with “limitless expertise” who had helped many gamers attain the nationwide aspect.


European soccer author James Horncastle

As soon as Ventura’s pay-out is sorted the seek for a brand new supervisor will start. Carlo Ancelotti is on the market and it looks as if the best time in his profession for this job.

The three remaining members of Italy’s 2006 World Cup success, Gianluigi Buffon, De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli, all introduced their worldwide retirement on Monday.

Giorgio Chiellini needs extra time to determine. He believes Italian soccer must take a step again to be able to transfer ahead and there’s a sense this represents a chance to push the reset button.

After all the identical was stated after Italy’s group stage exit from the final World Cup when Cesare Prandelli resigned and Tavecchio’s predecessor Giancarlo Abete adopted. Little modified.