Saturday September 7 2013
Guidolin: 'I'd like Italy job'

Udinese Coach Francesco Guidolin put himself forward for the Italy job. “I’d like to lead the Nazionale.”

Speculation has been rife this week after Cesare Prandelli refused to confirm or deny his future after the 2014 World Cup.

“Reading my name among the possible candidates makes me very proud. I’d like to lead the Nazionale,” Guidolin told Radio Deejay.

“Being Italy Coach would also give me more time to recover from the stress. It would be a boost to my health as well as great work.

“I do like the day-to-day work at club level, but I’ve been doing this for 40 years, so a new experience would be welcome.”

While Udinese have consistently performed above and beyond their capabilities in Serie A, Guidolin has shown problems on the continent.

The Friulani lost three consecutive play-offs to enter the Champions League and Europa League, this year going out to Slovan Liberec after hitting the woodwork three times.

“We made life difficult for ourselves, but a performance like that comes around only once in 10 attempts.”

Other candidates for the Azzurri bench include Milan’s Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte of Juventus, former Manchester City man Roberto Mancini, Zenit boss Luciano Spalletti and Russia manager Fabio Capello.