Saturday February 24 2018
FIGC: 'Surprise names for Italy CT'

FIGC Commissioner Roberto Fabbricini warned there could be “some surprises” in the choice of a new Italy Coach. “Nobody is in pole position.”

The Azzurri are currently without a Coach after Giampiero Ventura was sacked for failing to reach the 2018 World Cup.

Under-21 boss Gigi Di Biagio has been put in charge as Interim CT for the friendly games next month and is expected to stay on until at least June.

“Nobody is in pole position and there could be some surprises in the list of names. We are not ruling anyone out,” said Fabbricini at an event in Florence.

“It’s not right to name anyone today, as we haven’t had serious contact yet. We certainly saw many are interested. The nomination of a new Coach will be made in due course, as we don’t wish to be hasty. It’s important to get it right.”

Vice-Commissioner of the Federation Billy Costacurta has been tasked with finding the Coach.

“It’s premature to name potential names for the future CT, but there could be some news towards the end of April,” added Costacurta.

“The Italian game offers many options, as we have the best Coaches in the world, so there’s plenty of choice, even if some candidates are more suitable than others.

“He will certainly need to have enthusiasm and broad shoulders to carry this responsibility.”

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