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Sky Sport Italia claim Giampiero Ventura stormed out on the Italy squad ahead of the Sweden game, telling them to “pick your own team.”
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio feels the Italy “debacle could’ve been avoided with a little intelligence” from Giampiero Ventura and asked players for advice on the Coach.
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio revealed the choices for the Italy bench: Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Max Allegri, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Mancini.
CONI President Giovanni Malagò believes Carlo Ancelotti would take the Italy job with a change in the Federation and reveals Marcello Lippi chose Giampiero Ventura.
Fabio Cannavaro believes Italy’s World Cup failure was “10 years in the making and we’ve got to start from scratch” after sacking Giampiero Ventura.
Papu Gomez sees Inter as only the beginning for “an important run of fixtures that will have a big say” in Atalanta’s season.
Roberto Donadoni turned down the chance to return to the Italy bench two years ago. “I preferred to respect my Bologna contract.”
Juventus director Beppe Marotta feels they are currently “only at 70 per cent” of their capabilities and discussed the need for a FIGC plan going forward.
Beleaguered FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio is expected to hand in his resignation tomorrow, sparking new elections in 2018.
Napoli midfielder Jorginho reveals his “head was spinning for a couple of days” when he had to choose between Brazil and Italy, but has “no regrets.”
Leonardo Bonucci concedes Milan are held back by “fear” and lack self-confidence after the 2-1 defeat to Napoli. “We do things that are too predictable.”
Claudio Ranieri admits he “would have to think about it” if he was offered the Italy job. “It doesn’t only depend on me, as I have a contract with Nantes.”
Maurizio Sarri admits it wasn’t Napoli’s best performance, but was still enough to beat Milan, then stood up for fired Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura.
Lorenzo Insigne praised Napoli “heart and grit” to defeat Milan 2-1 and calmed the controversy over his role in Italy’s World Cup play-off.
Nantes Coach Claudio Ranieri has reportedly been approached for the Italy job after Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Mancini and Max Allegri ruled themselves out.
Luciano Spalletti told Inter they can have no “excuses” against Atalanta, including injuries and Italy’s World Cup disappointment.
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio blamed axed Coach Giampiero Ventura for making “completely the wrong decisions” in the World Cup play-off.
Max Allegri has ruled himself out of the running for the Italy job and urged Juventus to “take it one game at a time” against Sampdoria and Barcelona.
A poll of Football Italia readers reveals close to 70 per cent of people think Carlo Ancelotti should be the new Italy CT.
Juan Cuadrado is in the Juventus squad travelling to face Sampdoria, but Gigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli will not start, confirmed Max Allegri.
According to agent Giovanni Branchini, Carlo Ancelotti has turned down an offer to become the new Italy Coach.
There are reports Juventus boss Max Allegri could quit the Italian Coaches’ Association in protest over Renzo Ulivieri’s defence of Carlo Tavecchio.
Carlo Ancelotti will reportedly not enter genuine negotiations for the Italy job until FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio’s future is confirmed.
Alessandro Nesta announced he is leaving his post as Coach of Miami FC for “a new challenge” and could be heading back to Italy.
Gianluigi Buffon could break a further two Serie A records before his planned retirement at the end of the season.