Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is being weighed up by the Italian Football Federation as a priority target for the vacant Italy job, according to the BBC.
Italy are currently without a manager after Giampiero Ventura was sacked for an ignominious exit to Sweden in the World Cup Playoffs, where they failed to score over two legs in a 1-0 aggregate loss.
Antonio Conte left Italy for current club Chelsea after EURO 2016, winning the Premier League in his maiden season in England.
“(Massimiliano) Allegri, (Roberto) Mancini, (Carlo) Ancelotti…I say getting warmer,” said Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio when asked on Giampiero Ventura’s potential successor.
“And (Antonio) Conte? Fire.”
Roberto Mancini is just five months into his spell as Zenit St. Petersburg boss, joining in June, while Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says he wouldn’t manage the Azzurri ‘at this moment’ despite previously admitting to want to one day take the job.
Carlo Ancelotti is unattached after being released from Bayern Munich but reportedly turned down the offer after a meeting between his representatives and Italian Football Federation chiefs.