Saturday February 10 2018
‘Give Gasp the Nazionale!’

Crotone sporting director Beppe Ursino would give Gian Piero Gasperini the Italy job and insists his side won’t go down with Walter Zenga in charge.

The Azzurri are still looking for a permanent new Coach to replace Giampiero Ventura, who was sacked after failure to qualify for this summer’s World Cup.

Although Luigi di Biagio will take temporary charge of the Nazionale, the future remains unclear beyond next month's friendlies with England and Argentina.

“If it were up to me I would give him [Gasperini] the Nazionale,” Ursino told Gazzetta dello Sport. “It needs a Coach who is good with young players.”

Currently Atalanta boss, Gasperini today takes his team south to face Crotone, who he successfully coached for three years before leaving to take over at Genoa.

“We had three fantastic years with Gasperini,” Ursino said looking back at the 60-year-old’s tenure between 2003 and 2006.

“There was the promotion to Serie B, unexpectedly staying up and the play-off bid where we fell short.

“We could have got into Serie A 10 years earlier than we did.

“Crotone served him very well, this place helps people improve. It allowed him to make a jump in quality.”

Despite battling relegation once more in their second season in Italy’s top flight, Ursino is convinced Crotone have the right man to keep them up.

“With Zenga we won’t go down to Serie B.”

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