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Italy could be set for a beautiful managerial partnership

The Azzurri's failure to reach the World Cup in Russia next summer means boss Gian Piero Ventura is set to be axed

Italy’s shock failure to reach the World Cup this summer will surely result in the untimely departure of manager Giam Piero Ventura. 

The coach is destined for the chop after the Azzurri failed to beat Sweden in the play-off earlier this week, with a host of big names already linked with the top job.


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Ventura’s short spell as Italy’s manager will surely come to an end this week

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Ventura’s short spell as Italy’s manager will surely come to an end this week

According to Sky Italia, Carlo Ancelotti is one of the front runners, with Antonio Conte, Roberto Mancini and Massimiliano Allegri also among the bookies favourites.

But the former Milan and Chelsea boss appears to be leading the way.

And it seems if he does get the role, then legendary defender Paolo Maldini could join him in a squad development position.

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It’s not yet clear what Maldini’s role could be exactly, although it’s thought he could act as a liaison between the coach and the team.


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Whatever it is, the sight of Ancelotti and Maldini on the touchline will surely restore some of that long-lost faith many Italians have in the national team at the moment.

Ancelotti and Maldini certainly know how to win together

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Ancelotti and Maldini certainly know how to win together

The much-travelled Ancelotti is currently unemployed, having been sacked by Bayern Munich in September.

The 58-year-old certainly has an impressive managerial CV, having coached Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern, and has won three Champions League titles.

Could it be so?

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Could it be so?

Italy must first resolve Ventura’s position, with the universally unpopular coach scheduled to meet with his employers on Wednesday afternoon.

There’s only one outcome, surely?