The Italian Football Association have revealed that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is “eager” for a second spell in charge of the country’s national team.
Following the Italian’s woeful World Cup qualifying campaign, the position has been left vacant by Gian Piero Ventura, with a major overhaul needed.
Conte is one of a number of Italian coaches on the Italy FA’s shortlist, with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini also being considered.
“Conte seems eager”
The former Italian head coach Conte could be set to return to the national team set-up, according to the leader of the Italian FA Roberto Fabbricini.
The current Chelsea manager is one of a number of names on the list to take the vacant position, with no one currently leading the race for the job.
Following a disastrous qualifying campaign, whoever takes the job will not be leading Itlay to this year’s World Cup, as failure to qualify cost Ventura the job.
“The names are the ones you know.
Mancini was in Rome but we didn’t contact him, Conte seems eager to wear the national shirt again, Ancelotti opens and closes the door and Ranieri isn’t out either.
No one is in pole position.”
Conte’s job security
Stamford Bridge was left stunned on Wednesday, as Bournemouth ran riot, winning 3-0 to compile yet more pressure on the shoulders of Conte.
Goals from Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and, former Chelsea man, Nathan Ake handed the Cherries a huge three points to move into the Premier League’s top half.
The Blues have now won just four of their last ten matches, a period in which they failed to reach the Carabao Cup final and saw their grip on the top four significantly loosen.
Conte is now facing a real tough task as he looks to turn things around at Chelsea, made even tougher with relationships with the club’s hierarchy really beginning to turn sour.