Tuesday August 12 2014
Tavecchio to start Conte talks

New FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio may make contact with Antonio Conte over the vacant Italy post as early as today.

On from being elected as Giancarlo Abete’s successor in yesterday’s three rounds of votes in Rome, the 71-year-old is hotly tipped to now make efforts to secure Cesare Prandelli’s replacement.

Having left Juventus at the start of pre-season, Conte is seen as Tavecchio’s first choice and reportedly already has his demands in negotiations already set.

Whilst the Gazzetta dello Sport report that the €1.7m-a-year contract is no barrier and that Conte would accept this, the 45-year-old reportedly does have other terms he is after.

It is reported that the tactician is keen to be placed at the centre of the project, with the intention of treating La Nazionale in a similar way to a club, with the possibility of calling up players for training stages ‘deemed essential’.

Conte is reportedly also eager to have complete freedom in the choice of staff and to have no obligation with his squads selected to focus on youth.

Despite these terms, it is understood that the Coach is ‘seriously thinking’ of the possibility of accepting the position.

Should negotiations prove unsuccessful, the Gazzetta suggest that Alberto Zaccheroni shadowed by a younger Coach like Fabio Cannavaro would be Tavecchio’s plan B.

Roberto Mancini’s tetchy relationship with Tavecchio ally Claudio Lotito apparently means the former Galatasaray Coach is not in the running.

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