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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?