Top Contenders To Replace Ventura As The Head Coach Of Italian National Team

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The Azzurri boss is heading for the exit door after the catastrophic failure that was their World Cup qualification campaign. So who’s next?

The impossible has happened. or the first time in 60 years Italy have failed to qualify for next summer’s World Cup finals, and Giampiero Ventura is destined to be sacked as a result of his side’s failure.

The Azzurri’s final hopes of participating in the finals next summer were extinguished on Monday as they drew 0-0 with Sweden at San Siro to complete a 1-0 aggregate defeat which sends the Scandinavians to Russia instead.

Ventura’s short-lived tenure will surely now come to an end after he became the first Italy coach since Alfredo Foni in 1958 to fail to lead his players through the qualification process. But who could take up the role of attempting to dig the four-time world champions out of their lowest moment in generations? The possible contenders are :

1Carlo Ancelotti :

Carlo Ancelotti is an Italian former footballer and current football manager. He last was manager of German club Bayern Munich. Ancelotti is the only manager to have won the UEFA Champions League three times and reached four finals (three finals and two victories with Milan, and one victory with Real Madrid). He also won the FIFA Club World Cup twice, managing Milan and Real Madrid. Ancelotti is regarded as one of the best and most successful managers of all time. He is one of the top contenders of this post.

2. Maurizio Sarri :

Sarri is an Italian professional football manager who is currently the manager of Napoli.Sarri’s entire career in football has been about extracting the highest of standards from clubs with the smallest of reputations through an innovation in tactics and methods not often seen in the modern game.

But while only two of Sarri’s 27 years as a coach have been on the football mainline, he is now making quite a name for himself.

His Napoli team are playing with a distinctive style that is bold, progressive and quite often breath-taking to watch. They are the most exciting team in Italian football right now. So, Sarri could well be the successor of Ventura as the Italian head coach.

3. Massimiliano Allegri :

Allegri is an Italian professional football manager and former player, currently in charge of Serie A club Juventus. As a player, Allegri was a midfielder who spent his career playing for various Italian clubs. After beginning his managerial career in 2003 with several smaller Italian sides, he later played a key role in Sassuolo’s rise through the lower Italian divisions, and subsequently led Cagliari to their best Serie A finish in nearly 15 years, winning the Panchina d’Oro Award for best Serie A coach in 2009. His performances as head coach of Cagliari earned him a move to Milan in 2010, where he remained until January 2014; in the 2010–11 season, Allegri helped Milan to their first Serie A title since the 2003–04 season. After joining Juventus in 2014, he won three consecutive domestic doubles in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Allegri has been praised for his tactical intelligence and his ability to build effectively upon Antonio Conte’s successful tactics and winning mentality as Juventus’s manager, albeit in a less rigorous manner. He initially continued to use Conte’s trademark 3–5–2 formation, but later switched to a four-man back-line, in particular in the UEFA Champions League. Under Allegri, Juventus became slightly less aggressive and intense in their pressing off the ball, while their playing style became more patient and focussed on keeping possession and gaining territorial advantage, in order to conserve energy, tactics which he had previously used while at Milan. Although Allegri’s team was still effective at winning the ball in midfield and scoring from counter-attacks, the club’s attacking play on the ball usually involved a slower build-up, which mainly consisted of short passes, and fewer long balls. He should be considered as one of the top contenders for the post.

4. Marcelo Lippi :

Lippi is an Italian former professional football player and current manager of the China national team. He served as Italian national team head coach from 16 July 2004 to 12 July 2006 and led Italy to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was re-appointed as Italian national team head coach in the summer of 2008 and was succeeded by Cesare Prandelli after the disappointing performance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Lippi emphasizes the importance of team spirit and team unity. Lippi likens a psychologically well integrated football team to the functioning of a psychologically healthy family. On the strategic aspect of coaching, Lippi emphasizes the importance of the mutual relations between players. Players must all follow the same plan and play for each other, “not” for themselves. Lippi argues that “a group of the best players do not necessarily make for the best team.” What is more important, he argues, is that the tactical plan or formation is one that allows each player to maximize (1) his utility for his teammates and (2) the expression of his full potential. Lippi also notes that the choice of tactical formation is constrained by the qualities of the players available. Thus, selecting the best possible team not only requires finding the right combination of players for the chosen formation, but also finding the right formation for the chosen players.

The comeback of Lippi as the Italian National Team coach is also very much possible.

5.Gian Piero Gasperini :

Gasperini is an Italian football manager and former player, who is currently the manager of Italian side Atalanta. The vast experience of coaching in Serie A will surely help him to take over the job of the head coach of Italian National Team.

6. Luigi De Biagio :

He is an Italian football manager and former footballer, who currently coaches the Italy U-21 team. A former defensive midfielder, Di Biagio last played for Ascoli Calcio 1898 (2006–07), and also played for several other Italian clubs throughout his career, including Roma and Inter, in particular. At international level, he also played 31 times for the Italian national side between 1998 and 2002, scoring 2 goals, representing his country at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, as well as at Euro 2000, where Italy reached the final.

He could also be promoted to take the responsibility the Italian senior team.

7. Roberto Mancini :

Mancini is an Italian football manager and former player, who is currently the manager of Zenit Saint Petersburg. As a player, Mancini played as a deep-lying forward, and was best known for his time at Sampdoria, where he played more than 550 matches, and helped the team win the Serie A league title, four Coppa Italia titles, and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. He was capped 36 times for Italy, taking part at UEFA Euro 1988 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup, achieving semi-final finishes in both tournaments. In 1997, after 15 years at Sampdoria, Mancini left the club to join Lazio, where he won a further Scudetto, as well as the Cup Winners’ Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and two more Coppa Italia titles.

Despite having been a support striker during his playing career, Mancini places great emphasis on building from the back, stressing the importance of not conceding a goal means the team will always have an opportunity to win, going as far to say, “I like 1–0 wins.

He could be brought as the head coach of Italian National Team to bring back the golden days of Italian Football again.