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Italy Names Five Candidates To Manage National Team

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio says that the top choices for the managerial role are Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Max Allegri, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Mancini.

The Azzurri missed out on the for the first time since 1958 after a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden. A defeat which cost Giampiero Ventura his job.

Tavecchio is meanwhile refusing to step down and is instead trying to defended his work at the helm of the Federation.

“I reflected carefully and I intend to continue the project we were putting in place. The project of Club Italia didn’t work only in terms of results.

“Who brought VAR to Italy before anywhere else? Who gave Italy four teams in the Champions League? Tavecchio, that’s who!

“You want me to say I will resign, but I will not resign! Why should I resign if my project is approved by the Federal Commission?”

So it is up to Tavecchio to find a new manager, but don’t expect anyone to be named until next summer:

“At the moment everyone has contractual obligations until June. These are multi-million pound deals, we can’t just pay the release clauses,” Tavecchio told Le Iene.

“We are looking for the best. Clearly, when I say that, I mean whether it’s Ancelotti, or Conte, or Allegri, or Ranieri, or someone else like Mancini, this is the list of options.”

Ancelotti was fired by , but is under contract until June 2018.

Conte could be open to a return after leaving for in the wake of Euro 2016, while Allegri is at , Mancini only recently signed for Zenit and Ranieri impressed at FC Nantes.