Former AC Milan manager, Carlo Ancelotti has been contacted by the Italian football association (FIGC) about taking over as national team manager following their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, according to reports.
The Azzurri will miss out on the World Cup for the first time in 60 years – and their first major tournament since Euro ’92 – after being beaten by Sweden in a two-legged qualification play-off.
Although manager Giampiero Ventura is still clinging to his post, it is widely expected he will be sacked or resign in the coming days.
According to Italian broadcaster Premium Sport, the FIGC are already looking for a new head coach, with Ancelotti the prime target.
Ancelotti, 58, who has a long and distinguished career in club management on his CV, is currently unemployed after being sacked by Bayern Munich in September.
He played 26 times for his country and has gone on to win league titles across Europe with some of the world’s biggest clubs as a manager.
These include AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, as well as three Champions Leagues.