By the time you’re reading this, Gian Piero Ventura could well be out of a job.
The Italy coach is seemingly destined for the chop after the Azzurri failed to beat Sweden in the play-offs for the World Cup earlier this week.
The 69-year-old is almost certain to leave his post over the next few days, with a host of big names linked with the job already – including Carlo Ancelotti.
Ventura took over as Italy coach in July 2016 – replacing Antonio Conte after Euro 2016 – and oversaw just 17 matches as manager – winning 10, drawing four and losing three.
But despite his short but not-so-sweet tenure, Ventura insists he achieved some of the team’s ‘best results’ over the last 40 years.
Speaking to Le Iene, Ventura said: “Without Italy it will be an ugly World Cup, but unfortunately it is gone. What can I do?
“I apologised to the Italians for the result.
“I still had some of the best results of the last 40 years. I lost just two games.”
Ventura faced criticism throughout his spell as manager, with the squad reportedly wanting him out in September after the 3-0 qualifying defeat to Spain – a side Italy eliminated at Euro 2016 under Conte.
The team’s lack of faith in the manager was evident during the second-leg of the game against Sweden on Monday, when veteran midfielder Daniele De Rossi was involved in a heated exchange with the coaching staff on the bench.
The midfielder, a well-renowned hard-man, was clearly incensed when the coach asked him to get ready to come off the bench ahead of in-form striker Lorenzo Insigne.
De Rossi reportedly said: “Why the hell should I go on? We don’t need to draw here, we need to win!”
Time for a change, Italy.