Ventura parts company with Italy after World Cup fiasco

Italy sack Gian Piero Ventura target Carlo Ancelotti after FIFA 2018 World Cup fiasco

The failure to reach the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer means Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura is set to be axed with the IFF meeting later on Wednesday to discuss his future.

It is the first time the Azzurri have failed to reach a World Cup since 1958.

But the comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Spain in September highlighted a significant gulf between Italy and one of the favorites for the World Cup, with that loss and a 1-1 draw in Macedonia ultimately decisive in the end.

The result has been decried as a "national shame" and labelled as "the apocalypse" in the football-mad nation, with an inquest well under way into the causes of the failure.

National team boss Giampiero Ventura was relieved of his duties earlier today, leading fans to speculate over who will look to restore the 2006 world champions to their former glory. "He had lost the team's credibility and De Rossi's outburst showed it".

Ventura's contract was recently extended to 2020 but the deal includes a stipulation that it could be voided in case of a failed qualification.

A replacement has not been announced, but former AC Milan and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has been mentioned in the Italian media as a candidate.

Damiano Tommasi, the head of the Italian footballers' association, was quoted as saying: "Carlo Tavecchio has told us he does not intend to resign. We have to start restructuring our youth system".

"It doesn't seem like there's any desire to restart from zero".

The veteran coach's fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.

"Otherwise we'll continue to re-mix the same minestrone that has caused indigestion for so many of us".

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