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Gian Piero Ventura sacked as Italy coach after FIFA World Cup qualifying failure

Gian Piero Ventura has been sacked as Italy coach after the team’s disastrous 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

football Updated: Nov 15, 2017 23:17 IST
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Gian Piero Ventura has been sacked as Italy coach after the four-time champions failed to reach the FIFA World Cup finals.(Twitter )

Gian Piero Ventura has been sacked as Italy coach after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Italy faced Sweden in a two-legged World Cup qualification play-off and ultimately fell short of expectations, losing 1-0 on aggregate thanks to the first-leg defeat in Sweden.

(Read | FIFA World Cup history: Italy join France, Argentina in list of shocking exits)

The four-time world champions will miss the tournament for the first time since 1958.

Ventura was under pressure even before the 0-0 draw at San Siro on Monday confirmed their absence in Russia next year, with failure effectively ending his tenure.

The 69-year-old took charge in July 2016, succeeding Antonio Conte, and guided Italy to second place behind Spain in their World Cup qualification group.

(Read | Italy’s FIFA World Cup exit: The curse of scandals, lack of trust)

He signed a new deal until 2020 in August, a move which has seen the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and its president Carlo Tavecchio receive significant criticism.

Ventura’s replacement will be hired in due course, but reports suggest Carlo Ancelotti is an early favourite following his dismissal by Bayern Munich in September.

First Published: Nov 15, 2017 23:16 IST