Published: Thu, November 16, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Ventura parts company with Italy after World Cup fiasco

Ventura parts company with Italy after World Cup fiasco

Italy is picking through the wreckage after the national team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Ventura denied that he had offered to resign in the aftermath of their 1-0 defeat to Sweden, but the two-legged defeat was not good enough for the IFF and it means they will be absent from their first World Cup finals in 60 years next summer.

The veteran coach's fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.

"I'd try to convince him in every way, because what he did with the national team was something great".

Many Italian newspapers also called for the resignation of Tavecchio following the World Cup fiasco, but in Wednesday's statement, the FIGC said he had declined to quit.

A new coach is expected to be named at the FIGC federal council's next meeting on November 28.

"You've got to figure out what to do with those players, where they coincide with each other in terms of tactics and approach".

Referring to his belief that federation president Carlo Tavecchio should also go, Tommasi said: "We believe we've got to start the rebuilding process with elections".

"If not, we'll keep stirring the same soup which has proved indigestible to so many".

"I lost only two games in two years", he had told Italian television show Le Iene in a brief interview.

The Azzurri missed out on only the second World Cup in their history after losing a qualification play-off to Sweden.

Ventura's replacement will be hired in due course, but reports suggest Carlo Ancelotti is an early favourite following his dismissal by Bayern Munich in September.

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